AUSTIN, TEXAS — May 29, 2020 — The Central Texas Food Bank is excited to announce a $67,000 contribution from Ferrovial to assist with its vital services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ferrovial is the parent company of Cintra and Ferrovial Construction, which have been headquartered in Austin for over 15 years.
Contributions to the Central Texas Food Bank provide food to thousands of area residents through a network of over 250 partner food pantries and soup kitchens in 21 counties, as well as their fleet of mobile food pantries. Ferrovial’s contribution will also help fund the food bank’s efforts to distribute between 10,000 and 20,000 emergency food boxes weekly and free meals for low-income students.
“Due to COVID-19, we’re seeing a dramatic increase in the need for our services, with many people asking for help with food for the first time in their lives,” said Amelia Long, Director of Community Engagement for the Central Texas Food Bank. “We are so grateful to Ferrovial for their help during this crisis.”
Ferrovial’s contribution is part of the company’s international response to the pandemic’s impact on vulnerable families and individuals. The effort, Ferrovial Together COVID-19, has already contributed $5.5 million, with a pledge to match donations up to an additional $5.5 million for a total of $11 million. To date, the Ferrovial Together COVID-19 fund has raised approximately $9.5 million.
“As a company, we are committed to bringing relief and support to those impacted the most by the COVID-19 health crisis,” said Belen Marcos, United States president of Cintra. “We not only want to use our resources and access to innovation to help address the pandemic in the long run, but also to provide substantial assistance to those who need it most now.”
In the United States, the company has currently donated over $540,000 to food banks and educational foundations.
“The pandemic has had a dramatic impact on people and the economy,” said Angel Luis Sanchez, managing director for Ferrovial Construction. “Austin is home for us, and it is important that we give back to the community and support those in need.”
Ferrovial also plans contributions to hospitals, universities, research and development, and nonprofits. This facet of the Ferrovial program will support the acquisition of medical supplies and equipment and the investigation of pharmacological treatments or vaccines. In the United States, the company has already donated $162,000 to Baylor University to assist with its COVID-19 research efforts.
These donations are a part of the initial distribution from the fund, amounting to $3.85 million, to institutions fighting the pandemic in the social, health care and research fields in the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom.
For more information about the Ferrovial Together COVID-19 fund, please click here.
Ferrovial, a leading global infrastructure operator, is committed to developing sustainable solutions. It is a member of Spain's blue-chip IBEX 35 index and an industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index; it is part of FTSE4Good and the Carbon Disclosure Project, and all its operations are conducted in compliance with the principles of the UN Global Compact, which the company adopted in 2002. For more information visit www.ferrovial.com.
With U.S. headquarters in Austin, Texas, Cintra is recognized as a global leader in private transportation infrastructure development, with experience spanning more than 50 years on four continents. Today, its portfolio includes 25 concession projects in nine countries totaling nearly 1,000 miles of managed highways worldwide, representing a total global investment in roadway improvements of over $24 billion. Cintra manages nearly $11 billion of infrastructure assets in the United States and nearly $5 billion of infrastructure assets in Canada. It is a subsidiary of Madrid-based Ferrovial. For more information visit www.ferrovial.com.
Ferrovial Construction is the Ferrovial subsidiary that carries out civil engineering, construction and industrial projects, boasting more than 80 years of international activity in more than 50 countries on five continents. Ferrovial Construction US is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has managed more than $12 billion in design-build construction, representing some of the country’s largest, most complex transportation infrastructure projects. Currently, Ferrovial Construction US is managing major highway reconstruction and high-speed rail development projects in California, Texas, Georgia and Virginia. For more information visit www.ferrovial.com.
About Central Texas Food Bank
The mission of the 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 50,000 people every week. Headquartered in Austin, the Food Bank serves 21 counties in Central Texas, an area about twice the size of Massachusetts.