Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

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The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas provides food and grocery products to more than 300 Partner Agencies in 21 Central Texas counties. In the last fiscal year the Food Bank provided 24.5 million meals. The Food Bank's service area covers 19,064 square miles in Central Texas. The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger.


Our History

In 1981, a small group of concerned Austinites from the United Urban Council (the predecessor of today's Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT)) and individuals from several community organizations formed the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc. They recognized the need for emergency food assistance as well as the availability of surplus food from various food companies and grocery stores that might otherwise go to waste.

In March 1982, the Food Bank was incorporated under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act, and in 1983, the Food Bank became a certified member of Feeding America. The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization.

The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas was the second food bank in Texas; the first opened in San Antonio in 1979. One month after the Food Bank opened, a third Texas food bank opened in Dallas. In the Food Bank's first year (1982), about 330,000 pounds of food were provided.

In 2006, the Food Bank added an important public role — leader and public advocate for hungry Central Texans. The Food Bank supports local, state and federal anti-hunger legislation, and provides leadership to mobilize community action.

Food and grocery products provided by the Food Bank go to human and social service agencies. These Partner Agencies provide hot meals served on-site or groceries to Central Texans in need.

A Fiscal Year 2012-13 Snapshot

Number of years the Food Bank has been in operation: 32 years
Pounds of food and grocery products provided: 29 million
Total amount paid by the food recipients: $0
Number of meals provide: 24.5 million
Number of the Food Bank Partner Agencies that received food: 300
Territory served: 21 counties; 19,000 square miles; 2.5 million total population
Size of Distribution Center: 60,000 square feet
Size of freezers and coolers: 160,000 cubic feet
Number of regional delivery sites: 21
Number of food donors: 402
Largest food donor: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Number of paid Food Bank staff: 81
Volunteers: 19,000
Volunteer hours donated: 96,000
Age range of Food Bank volunteers: 8 to 94 years old
Largest local retail donor: H-E-B Grocery Company
Fastest growing product area: fresh produce
Food items most requested by agencies' clients: canned meats, cereal, dried pasta and pasta sauce
Most requested non-food item: diapers

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The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usdagov/complaint filing cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.