Central Texas Food Bank, Central Health-funded CommUnityCare, and Texas Capital Bank Team Up for Special Event at Turner-Roberts Recreation Center
Austin, TX, July 18 – The Central Texas Food Bank, Central Health-funded CommUnityCare Health Centers, and Texas Capital Bank have teamed up for a special East Austin Community Resource Fair to be held on Wednesday, July 24, from 9 -11 a.m. at the Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Drive, Austin, TX, 78724.
The event will give East Austin residents the opportunity to receive free groceries from the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry, primary medical care services from Central Health’s new mobile unit, and financial literacy services from Texas Capital Bank’s Mobile Center.
“The Central Texas Food Bank is committed to helping the thousands of Central Texas who find themselves in need,” said Derrick Chubbs, President & CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank. “With 1 in 5 Central Texas children at risk of hunger, summer is an especially challenging time because many kids don’t have access to free or reduced price meals at school. That’s why we’re glad to work with such great partners on this event to provide an additional Mobile Food Pantry distribution to our East Austin neighbors.”
By taking the food directly to clients, the Food Bank’s 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. Last year, the Mobile Pantry program provided more than 3.1 million pounds of food to an average of 16,216 individuals per month.
CommUnityCare Health Centers operates the mobile clinic, which was purchased by Central Health, and will provide primary care services, including immunizations, lab, chronic disease management, and women’s health. Alan Schalscha, CommUnityCare Chief Medical Officer, said that environmental factors have a big impact on one’s health. “The usual understanding is that a health care provider only determines about 10% of a person’s health. The rest is life and social determinants of health, which is why collaborations like this with financial institutions and the Food Bank, help support communities to become healthier in all aspects of their lives.”
“Central Health and our partners are committed to bringing health care to eastern parts of Travis County that for too long have lacked services,” said Larry Wallace, Central Health Enterprise Chief Administrative Officer. “When it comes to accessing health care, transportation is a big barrier for many of the people we serve. With our new 40-foot mobile unit, we can bring care closer to residents of Colony Park and Creedmoor so they can have a better chance of living healthier lives.”
“Texas Capital Bank exists to powering prosperity in business and in life,” said Effie Dennison, EVP, Director of Community Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. “We are committed to empowering communities through financial literacy, and are thrilled to collaborate with the Central Texas Food Bank and CommUnityCare Health Centers to provide a suite of mobile services for people in need.”
The Texas Capital Bank Mobile Center is a custom-made community service vehicle that travels through Texas providing financial literacy education and disaster recovery. The Mobile Center illustrates Texas Capital’s longstanding belief in corporate social responsibility and determination to serve the community. Outfitted with the technology-based Financial Instructional Tools (FIT) curriculum, the Mobile Center provides customizable financial education for all ages and stages of life, helping individuals reach their financial goals and break the cycle of poverty.
To receive food, event attendees will be asked to fill out a basic form to show that they live in the area and declare that they need help with food. They should also consider bringing a food cart or several reusable bags to take their food home in.
ABOUT THE 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 300 Partner Agencies and nutrition programs, serving nearly 46,000 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 www.centraltexasfoodbank.org.
ABOUT CENTRAL HEALTH
Central Health is the local public agency that connects Travis County residents with low income to quality health care. We work with a network of partners to eliminate health disparities and reach our vision of Travis County becoming a model healthy community. The Central Health Enterprise includes CommUnityCare Health Centers, a separate but affiliated 501©(3) network of clinics; Sendero Health Plans, a local nonprofit health insurance company, and the Community Care Collaborative, a nonprofit partnership with Ascension-Seton.
ABOUT COMMUNITYCARE HEALTH CENTERS
CommUnityCare’s vision is to improve the health of the community by increasing access to the best care possible. Today CUC provides services at 25 locations throughout Travis and Bastrop Counties. Each year, its health centers provide approximately 422,000 medical and dental patient appointments representing more than 99,000 individual patients.
ABOUT TEXAS CAPITAL BANCSHARES, INC.
Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ®: TCBI), a member of the Russell 1000® Index and the S&P MidCap 400®, is the parent company of Texas Capital Bank, N.A. a commercial bank that delivers highly personalized financial services to businesses and entrepreneurs. Headquartered in Dallas, the bank has full-service locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. For more information, please visit www.texascapitalbank.com. Member FDIC.
Paul Gaither, Marketing & Communications Director
Central Texas Food Bank
Monica Saavedra, Director of Marketing and Community Relations
Shannon Wherry, Vice President, Communications Manager
Texas Capital Bank