Food For Families Food Drive kicks off June 15!

Why donate now?

- More families turn to the Capital Area Food Bank during summer than any other time in the year.
- With recent flood devastation, some families are trying to recover from the disaster on top of summertime hardship.
- Children are home and no longer are receiving meals at school, daycare is a possible added expense and utility bills are on the rise with rising temperatures, all factors that put a strain on a client's budget.
- About 22 million kids across the nation depend on free and reduced-price meals during the school year, but less than 10 percent are enrolled in summer meal programs.
- Throughout the summer, the Food Bank works with different sites throughout the area to ensure low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

What's needed?

- Our most requested food items are peanut butter, canned chicken breast or tuna, canned low sodium vegetables, canned fruit in its own juice (no sugar added), dry pinto beans, brown rice, non-fat dry milk powder and 100 percent whole grain cereal.
- For disaster relief emergency food boxes, the Capital Area Food Bank is requesting nutritious ready-to-eat foods, such as meals in pop-top cans, healthy snacks, soups and other pantry staples.

Where does the food go?

- The Capital Area Food Bank is on the front line of hunger relief helping nearly 46,000 Central Texans each week access nutritious food when they need it the most. The Food Bank provides food and grocery products through a network of about 300 Partner Agencies and mobile food pantries in 21 counties throughout Central Texas.

How can I donate to this Food & Fund Drive?

At your neighborhood Randalls

- Pick up a pre-packaged bag of food items that the Food Bank needs the most. Take it to the register with your other purchases, then drop the bag in the specially marked collection barrel in the front of the store.
- Add $1 to your grocery total with a scan card at the check stands.{} Every $1 donated to the Food Bank provides 3 meals for Central Texans in need.
- Drop your loose change in labeled receptacles at the register.

Food Bank Client Facts:

- More than 90 percent of Food Bank clients are not homeless.
- Nearly two-thirds of client households had at least one working adult at home in the last year.
- About 80 percent of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care in the past year; two-thirds had to choose between food and housing.
- More than 60 percent of clients must rely on receiving food from the Food Bank or one of its Partner Agencies as a part of their everyday lives.