Food Bank Responds to Need After Dangerous Ice Storm Hits Central Texas


After a disastrous winter storm swept across Central Texas on January 30, thousands of residents were left without power, the ability to work or safely leave their homes.

The Central Texas Food Bank worked swiftly with the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) to get ready-to-eat meals to the local Warming Centers, delivering over 1,000 meals to these locations and an additional 200 boxes of food to Manor City Hall. While the Food Bank team was working to assemble and distribute these meals, we were also mobilizing quickly to do more for our community.

Thanks to the support and combined efforts of the City of Austin, Travis County, Austin Independent School District, HSEM, the Office of Sustainability, Mayor Watson’s office, Judge Andy Brown’s office, Austin Public Health, and so many more, the Food Bank was able to coordinate 3 emergency mass distributions in the days immediately following the freeze. The Food Bank held two distributions on Saturday, February 4 and another on Monday, February 6, serving over 1,600 households that weekend.

If we’ve learned anything from our collective experience over the past three years, it’s that this community knows how to show up for one another. The Central Texas Food Bank is honored to be a part of such a passionate and generous community of leaders who believe in our mission and show up for their neighbors.

The Food Bank continues to serve the community in an elevated capacity as the need continues for those who are still recovering from the repercussions of the ice storm. For the month of February, the Food Bank is holding special mass distributions every Monday night and Saturday morning. Please see details at the end of this blog.

We thank everyone who has been able to respond quickly and lend a hand at each distribution so far and encourage anyone who is able to sign up for a volunteer shift this month.

Thank you for helping us respond in the time when our neighbors need it most. Thank you for helping us end hunger in our community. Together, we’re the heart of Central Texas.

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

Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift at any of these distributions.