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56. Volunteer at Capital Area Food Bank

February 25, 2010

Austin is such a great city and it is important to remember to give back to a city that gives us so much, so how about donating food or some spare time to the Capital Area Food Bank. I encourage you to donate or get involved out of the good of your heart because we are a city that helps one another, that truly comes together in a way speaks volumes for Austin alone.

For those that have time to give — time of course is one of the most valuable things as don’t we all want more time. You can contact Rene Carlin, Volunteer Resources Manager, at for corporate or workplace volunteer opportunities and Kirra Hamman, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, at for all other volunteer inquiries.

They have the following shifts available to volunteer:

Monday – Saturday (9:00 a.m. to noon) and (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Sundays – Closed

Thursday Evenings – (6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) **this shift time is open adults only, all volunteers must be 18 years of age and older.

To view all of the Food Bank’s volunteer opportunities and schedule your shift you can visit the volunteer page on their website: click on the “Sign-Up to volunteer” link.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older and will do things such as sorting, organizing, and cleaning the food to make sure that it is ready for the clients. You can also contact them about getting involved with data entry and administrative volunteer opportunities. The First Tuesday of every month is “Youth and Family Night” from 5:30-7:30 so try something different that will make such a huge impact on others.

Not everyone has free time, so if all you can offer is donation of food than that is just as valuable.

What should You 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
  • Beans
  • Healthy cereals
  • Peanut butter

Fact: Every $5 donation provides $25 worth of nutritious food for hungry Central Texans.

Fact: Texas leads the nation with the highest rate of child food insecurity.

I have no doubt about the ability and willingness of our city to come together to give back, I just wanted to remind you of a place that is always in need! A little time or donation will go a long way.

8201 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78745


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