Total number of individuals in the households served is 2,803
Austin, TX – January 16, 2019 – The Central Texas Food Bank served a total of 851 households comprising 2,803 individuals at its special food distribution and resource fair held today to assist Central Texans affected by the partial government shutdown. The event took place at the nonprofit’s facility at 6500 Metropolis Drive in Austin.
“The Central Texas Food Bank is concerned about how the partial government shutdown is affecting everyone, especially the thousands of Central Texas federal employees who suddenly find themselves in need,” said Derrick Chubbs, President & CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank. “We’re glad we were able to assist to many people today. We’ll be monitoring the situation closely and are committed to doing another event like this in two weeks if the shutdown continues.” If such an event is warranted, details will be forthcoming at a later date.
In addition to distributing food, the event featured a food resource fair which gave furloughed workers information on all the ways they can access food through the Food Bank’s network and other programs that may be able to help them in their time of need.
As always, anyone in need can access food through the Food Bank’s network of nearly 300 partner agencies and mobile food pantry distributions throughout Central Texas. To find the nearest food distribution, those in need can visit centraltexasfoodbank.org and click on “Find Food Now” on the home page.
“We stand ready to help all Texans affected by the shutdown,” said Mark Jackson, Chief Development Officer of the Central Texas Food Bank. “But all of this extra demand will put a strain on our resources. So if you’re not in need and you’re able to help with your donations or by volunteering at the Food Bank during this time, please do so by going to centraltexasfoodbank.org to donate or volunteer.”