History

History

1981

The Capital Area Food Bank Inc. is created by individuals from the United Urban Council (the predecessor of today's Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT)) and other concerned Austin residents. Over 90 percent of food banks are established in the U.S. after 1981.

1982

The Food Bank is incorporated under the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Act and became an affiliate of America's Second Harvest (now Feeding America). We are the second food bank established in Texas.

1991

Awarded Food Bank of the Year by America's Second Harvest (now Feeding America).

1994

A donation of 4.5 acres of land kicks off a capital campaign to build a new Food Bank distribution center at 8201 S. Congress Ave. In our first year of operation we distribute nearly 330,000 pounds of food.

1999

Awarded Food Bank of the Year by America's Second Harvest (now Feeding America).

2005

The CHOICES nutrition education program is added to the Food Bank's programs to help low-income families make smarter choices at the grocery store. The program is funded in part through the Food Stamp program (now called SNAP). 

On September 2, 2005,  in one day, more than 1 million pounds of water, diapers and food are collected in the single biggest food drive ever held in Austin in response to our Hurricane Katrina relief work. 

2006

A new vision "to end hunger in Central Texas" is unveiled as part of a new strategic plan. After 25 years, the Food Bank revises its mission to focus on advocacy and leadership in the community. This is the same mission statement we use today.

2008

The Food Bank responds to increased need due to the economic downturn by launching a mobile food pantry program. 

2014

The capital campaign goes public to fund the construction of a new building and build capacity for the Food Bank.

2016

The Food Bank rebrands as the Central Texas Food Bank, a change that emphasizes the organization’s commitment to serving everyone in its vast 21-county service territory. With the new name comes a new logo and color palette designed to illustrate the Food Bank’s emphasis on distributing the freshest and healthiest food possible. The rebranding coincides with the Food Bank’s mid-June move into its new 135,000 square foot facility that more than doubles its capacity to serve the growing need for hunger relief in Central Texas.   

Derrick Chubbs joins the Food Bank as the organization’s fifth President and CEO.