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Help End Hunger in Central Texas
The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas makes healthy food available for families in crisis. With the support of our network of 300 social service charities, we provide emergency hunger relief, social service outreach and nutrition education to meet the basic nutrition needs of the most vulnerable Central Texans.
To help the Food Bank raise 500,000 meals during the difficult summer months, Walmart has issued a special matching gift challenge. This means your financial gift will help twice as many Central Texans!
- CAFB was awarded Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating for financial excellence.
- 96% of your gift goes directly to support the programs serving your neighbors in need.
- 100% of your gift is tax-deductable as a charitable donation to a 501 c(3) organization.
Contact Elected Officials (Advocate)
Our fight to end hunger will only be as successful as our advocates — people like you who are willing to lend your voice to keep moving state and federal legislation forward to ensure a hunger-free community. When you sign up for Action Alerts, you'll receive timely information on legislation and tips for how you can improve the lives of hungry Central Texans by connecting with your elected officials.
Healthy food donations of any quantity are welcome anytime. Retail grocers, food manufacturers, growers and food distributors are also welcome to donate cases, pallets and truckloads of food. For every five pounds of food donated, CAFB can provide the equivalent of four meals!
What should I donate?
- healthy, non-perishable food
- items with intact, un-opened, consumer or commercial packaging
- items with non-breakable packaging (no glass, please)
- food within the expiration date on the packaging
- food from your community or backyard garden
What are the most-requested items?
- canned meats like tuna, stew and chili (pop-tops preferred)
- canned vegetables
- pasta & pasta sauce
- healthy cereals
- peanut butter
Raise Food & Funds
Consider hosting a Food & Fund Drive with your group or at your next event. You can even raise food and funds online by starting a Virtual Food Drive. Double your impact by including a matching gift program with your Food & Fund Drive. Ask if your organization matches charitable contributions.
- Download and read the coordinator’s kit to learn everything you need to know to coordinate a successful Food & Fund Drive or Virtual Food Drive. [PDF] [Word]
- Register your drive online. You'll receive an email confirmation from CAFB staff and begin the approval process. You can also download and print the registration form and then fax it to (512) 282-6050.
Create a lasting gift to support and sustain the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas for future generations while maximizing your financial, tax and estate planning goals. Your professional advisor can assist you with the necessary financial and tax-related paperwork to set up your legacy gift. CAFB staff is experienced in working with financial advisors to complete the best gift arrangements for your specific situation.
Volunteers are essential to the Food Bank and contribute more than 91,000 hours each year to support the Food Bank's mission by sorting donations, serving clients, teaching classes, assisting at special events, serving as ambassadors and participating in a variety of other opportunities.
Join the "Hunger Is UNacceptable" Campaign
Too many Central Texans are challenged to make ends meet every month and have to make hard choices between paying rent, paying the electricity bill or buying groceries. These Central Texans are those with jobs, the recently unemployed, older adults on fixed incomes and children. Through the Hunger is UNacceptable campaign, CAFB highlights how the problem of hunger impacts more people than most might think, not just the homeless.
Our goal is to engage the community in the fight against hunger through volunteerism, advocacy and financial contributions and educate the community about hunger issues in Central Texas. The campaign comes to the community through TV, radio, social media, earned media, print advertising, banner advertising and the www.HungerIsUNaccepatble.com microsite.