Central Texas Food Bank Launches “Feeding Creativity” Art Competition to Raise Awareness About the Issue of Summer Hunger for Kids

The competition kicks off the food bank’s summer campaign which aims to close the meal gap for children during the summer months when school is not in session.

Austin, TX (Feb. 20, 2024) — Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB) has announced the launch of its inaugural "Feeding Creativity" Youth Art Competition, inviting elementary, middle, and high school students from across the 21-county service area to showcase their artistic talents for a meaningful cause. The winning student's artwork will be printed on one of The Food Bank’s 18-wheeler trucks, which travels throughout Central Texas.

Art is a powerful tool for social change. Students can lend their voices to the over 150,000 children facing hunger in Central Texas by participating in the contest. “Feeding Creativity” empowers young artists to make a difference and contribute to their communities.

“This competition is not only a celebration of artistic expression but also a dedicated effort to raise awareness about childhood hunger, particularly during the summer months when school meals are not available,” said Sari Vatske, President and CEO of Central Texas Food Bank. “This event is designed to bring together different community groups around a common cause; when families are facing the triple threat of paying for additional meals, daycare, and cooling a home during the summer months.”

This year's theme is "Nourishing Communities." Participants are encouraged to explore how communities can come together to address hunger issues. Artwork is due by March 25 and the winner will be announced on May 20, 2024, at a special Gallery Night event hosted at The Food Bank.

For more information, including competition guidelines and registration details, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org/entry-form-feeding-creativity-art-competition. Let's come together to nourish communities and make a positive impact in alleviating childhood hunger.

About Central Texas Food Bank

The mission of Central Texas Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger. Founded in 1981, the Food Bank provides food and grocery products through a network of nearly 250 nonprofit community partners and nutrition programs, serving about 70,000 people every week. Headquartered in Austin, the Food Bank serves 21 counties in Central Texas, an area about twice the size of Massachusetts. For more information on the Food Bank and its programs, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org.