As the food bank located in the state capital, Capital Area Food Bank is uniquely positioned to play an integral role at the Texas Legislature. CAFB regularly communicates with its legislative delegation members, provides testimony in hearings and serves as a resource on hunger and food insecurity issues. Additionally, CAFB serves as a member of numerous statewide working groups to influence policy-making at the Legislature and with state agencies.
House Committee Interim Report
The House Human Services Committee met in Austin on July 16, 2012 to consider their charge related to food security. The committee heard from a large number of stakeholders representing various organizations, state entities and self. The following recommendations and discussions are the result of witness testimony, stakeholder input, staff research and data compilation. The Food Bank supports the recommendations proposed in the report. Read the report.
CAFB supports the following coalitions in the fight against hunger and its root causes:
Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations: The Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO) is the statewide membership association reflecting and promoting Texas' growing nonprofit community in all its diversity. TANO advocates for issues that affect all nonprofits. We track state and federal legislation, educating nonprofits about policy developments and mobilizing members and other nonprofits around critical policy issues. CAFB is a member.
Texans Care for Children: Texans Care for Children is the leading voice, source and network for children's policy in Texas.
Texas Food Bank Network: The Texas Food Bank Network serves as a common voice for the 19 food banks across the state. The common mission: End hunger in Texas. CAFB is a member.
Texas Health Institute: Texas Health Institute provides leadership in development of healthcare solutions to shape the Texas health care landscape. As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, THI takes a broad view of healthcare issues and their impact on people and their communities. From acting as a neutral convener and facilitating balanced health care dialog, to creating a vision of improved health care, THI is a think tank — providing innovative, "outside-the-box," collaboratively developed options to improve the health of people and their communities.
Texas Hunger Initiative: (THI) is a Waco-based, nonpartisan, non-profit, policy, infrastructure building and community organizing project of Baylor University's School of Social Work committed to creating a food secure Texas by 2015.