Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

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Retail grocers, food manufacturers, growers and food distributors have a cost-effective way to manage un-salable food and non-food items by donating to CAFB.

CAFB Facilities

Total pallet position: 1,763 (80.14 truckloads)
Total warehouse space: 39,179 sq. ft.
Cooler space: 2,996 sq. ft., 12 pick slots, 140 reserve pallet positions
Freezer space: 4,346 sq. ft., 49 pick slots, 285 reserve pallet positions
Refrigerated trucks: light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks Separate receiving and distribution docks

“Businesses thrive when the community and their workers are healthy and happy. Businesspeople should care greatly about the needs of our community, and I'm so glad that H-E-B and I can work with CAFB to help make this a reality." - Laura Estes, H-E-B Director of Retail Operations Central Texas Region

Why donate?

  • Support your community by using food to nourish the 40,000 Central Texans each week who recieve emergency food assistance from the Food Bank. 
  • Improve your bottom line through cost savings from reduced waste disposal fees.  Eliminate surplus inventoryand maximize the efficiency of your warehouse. Federal tax law permits you to deduct your donation.
  • Reduce your environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Access free technical assistance for your food recovery activities. We will pick up donations greater than 350 pounds. Schedule a pick-up.
  • Professional Donation Management: All donations are tracked using a coding system for product recall management and to ensure your donation does not re-enter the marketplace. CAFB's warehouse and truck fleet can safely handle the transportation and storage of frozen, refrigerated and shelf-stable products. CAFB follows Feeding America and Texas Department of Health safety standards. All drivers are DOT certified.
  • Community Recognition and Goodwill: Your brand integrity is maintained through the distribution process. CAFB also promotes donors in marketing communications and provides you with any receipts and acknowledgments needed. 

Liability Protection: The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects you from civil and criminal liability. President Bill Clinton signed this act on October 1, 1996, to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. This law:

  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization.
  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient.
  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states.
  • Sets a floor of “gross negligence” or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as “voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well being of another person.”

What should I donate?

CAFB accepts cases, pallets and truckloads of most food and non-food items with intact, first-use, consumer or commercial packaging. Healthy, table-quality produce, and especially meat, dairy and bread, are most welcome.

  • Close or out-of-code items
  • Discontinued and test-market items
  • Cosmetically damaged, mislabeled or unlabeled items
  • Off-spec items, over runs and partial cases
  • Customer returns or refusals
  • Promotional, seasonal and private-label items
  • Bulk or food service sizes

What happens to my food donation?

After being checked for safety and quality, CAFB distributes your food donation to one or more of our 300 Partner Agencies across 21 Central Texas counties. Partner Agencies, including soup kitchens, pantries and shelters, then provide the food to hungry Central Texans.

For more information, email us.