Disaster Response

We are committed to serving our Central Texas community.

The Central Texas Food Bank has a long history of responding to emergencies and disasters, providing vital relief for our 21-county service area, through more than 250 partner agencies and direct programs.

In response to the increased need in our community the Central Texas Food Bank is hosting multiple mass food distributions in the month of February. All distributions are operating as a drive-thru and food will be loaded directly into your vehicle’s trunk. Please allow appropriate space in your trunk before arriving at the distribution. Recipients will receive a mix of perishables and dry goods that do not require electricity to prepare. Vouchers will be provided on-site to ensure no one unnecessarily waits in line.

Monday, February 13
Nelson Field
7105 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX 78752
6:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 18
Del Valle High School

5201 Ross Rd, Del Valle, TX 78617
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Monday, February 20
Nelson Field
7105 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX 78752
6:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 25
Del Valle High School

5201 Ross Rd, Del Valle, TX 78617
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Monday, February 27
Delco Activity Center
4601 Pecan Brook Dr, Austin, TX 78724
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Upcoming Recovery and Resource Events

In partnership with the City of Austin, the Central Texas Food Bank is supplying warm meals for upcoming Multi-Agency Recourse Center events. At these events, city staff will be available to answer community members’ questions and provide a variety of complimentary resources to help the community recover from the recent winter storm, such as charging centers, debris and damage information, mental health support, hot food, laundry facilities, showers, and more. All Austin-Travis County residents are welcome. Click here to learn more and see upcoming distribution information. Upcoming events include: 

Saturday, February 11
Austin Community College
1020 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Disaster Recovery Resources for Austin and Travis County

Clearance of Debris on Private Property

Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) has increased the help it is getting from contractors to speed up storm debris collection efforts. ARR customers can request a collection of large storm debris by calling 3-1-1 (or 512-974-2000) or submitting a storm debris collection request through the Austin 3-1-1 mobile app or at Austin311.org. More information on debris removal can be found at AustinTexas.gov/StormDebris.

Power Restoration and Limb Removal

Utility crews continue to work on removing limbs around power lines. If cut limbs land on private property, property owners are responsible for discarding these limbs. Please bring all limbs to the curb for collection by Austin Resource Recovery. Anyone who is physically unable to move limbs should contact Austin 3-1-1 for support by dialing 3-1-1 from a phone, using the Austin 3-1-1 mobile app or at Austin311.org. Additional help may be available through the Austin Disaster Relief Network.

Yesterday, Austin City Council waived late-payment fees on City of Austin utility bills with due dates between Jan. 31 - Feb. 17, 2023, to assist customers who experienced outages, storm damage, or postal delays.

Help Applying for Benefits and Emergency Services

Help Applying for SNAP

To find your local HHSC office and determine eligibility visit https://www.yourtexasbenefits.com/ or call 2-1-1. For assistance determining eligibility, call Central Texas Food Bank at 1-855-366-3401.

Help Applying for Other Government Assistance Programs

For eligibility requirements and help applying for government benefits including Medicaid, CHIP, TANF, Healthy Texas Women, and Medicare Savings Program visit https://www.yourtexasbenefits.com/ or call 2-1-1. For assistance determining eligibility, call Central Texas Food Bank at 1-855-366-3401.

Our Support Programs

Mobile Food Pantry

By taking the food directly to clients, our mobile food pantries fill geographic and service gaps in emergency food assistance by providing Central Texans in need with basic staples, fruits and vegetables, and frozen foods where local food assistance services cannot keep up with demand. View the Mobile Pantry Electronic Calendar for upcoming mobile food distributions near you.

Benefits and Emergency Services

Our Social Services team provides one-on-one application assistance to individuals who may qualify for federal nutrition programs and other benefits that will help stabilize their lives. Click here to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides each participating low-income senior age 60 or older with a free monthly box groceries. Every box includes 25-30 pounds of staples including cereals, juices, proteins, milk, grain, cheese, and canned fruits and vegetables. Click here to see the CSFP calendar.

Fresh Food For Families

Fresh Food For Families provides free monthly distributions of fruits, vegetables and other fresh foods to low-income families. These distributions supplement existing grocery budgets with much-needed nutritious foods. Click here to see the Fresh Foods for Families calendar.

Healthy Options for the Elderly

The mission of Healthy Options for the Elderly (HOPE) is to reduce hunger among low-income seniors age 55 or older by providing them with free monthly distributions of healthy, shelf-stable foods. Each month, HOPE clients receive a 15- to 20-pound bag of non-perishable groceries as nutritious additions to their existing diets. Click here to see the HOPE calendar.

Home Delivery Program

The Central Texas Food Bank is offering a home delivery program in Travis and Williamson Counties in partnership with Austin Public Health Neighborhood Services Unit, Round Rock Area Serving Center and Amazon. Click here to learn more about the Home Delivery Program.

Culinary Training Program

This hands-on job-training program is designed to teach basic culinary skills, cooking techniques, knife skills, equipment operation and professional development. Our program provides students with real-world experience in our state-of-the-art kitchen, preparing our students for a career in the food service industry upon graduation. Click here to learn more about the Culinary Training Program.


CHOICES is a nutrition education program that helps individuals and families make smart choices at mealtime. The classes help people eligible for SNAP (food stamps) make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles. All classes are free and open to qualified individuals. Click here to learn more about class registration and to use our recipe index.


The Food Bank garden pairs food production for hunger relief with educational programming, helping individuals to supplement their diet by growing their own nutritious food. Registration for Garden education classes coming soon!

Join our community in coming together to feed families.

Host an Emergency Food Distribution

Are you a Community Partner interested in hosting an emergency food distribution as part of disaster response? Please click here to submit the request form and our Team will be in touch with you.

Register to Volunteer

The Central Texas Food Bank is a lifeline for thousands of families needing food assistance. We still need volunteers to help prepare food donations for distribution and distribute food at mobile food pantries. Volunteers must sign up online prior to showing up to help out. Click here to volunteer.

Host a Virtual Food Drive

If you'd like to help from home, please consider the option of doing a virtual food drive (VFD) to help raise money online. Funds raised through a VFD are flexible – the Food Bank can put your dollars toward the area of greatest need, which helps us prepare for and respond to the needs of our community, in times of crisis and all year long. Find tips and templates in our Virtual Food Drive Toolkit here.

We are working to nourish our community, in times of crisis and all year long.

We pride ourselves in providing essential services to our neighbors in need and our goal is always to provide food to the neighbors that need it most. We know that disruptions from work or school can cause strain on low-income families, making our services that much more critical.

Thank you for your continued support of the Food Bank. As we serve those in need in our community, we look forward to working with you.