We Will Do This Because We Must.
December 15, 2008 § 2 Comments
President and CEO
There is no denying that the economic challenges facing our country have had a serious impact here in Central Texas.
Families who have never before had difficulty paying their bills are coming to our Partner Agencies seeking emergency food assistance.
At the same time, fluctuations in the stock market have diminished savings. Uncertainty about what will happen tomorrow, next week, or next month has significantly decreased the charitable dollars that are the lifeblood of critically needed non-profit organizations.
Our community members are losing their jobs, their health insurance, even their homes, and the downturn has led to a stunning increase in people seeking emergency assistance throughout the Central Texas hunger relief system. The increase in need is reaching critical levels, stretching the capacity of our Partner Agencies painfully close to the breaking point.
CAFB has already taken extraordinary steps to help our 355 Partner Agencies serve the newly unemployed, those severely-strained members of the middle class, and, as always, the most vulnerable members of our community. To that end, CAFB has:
- Increased “Wheels of Sharing” Mobile Food Pantry distributions throughout our service territory to ensure those in need but unable access the emergency food system receive critically needed food.
- Taken unprecedented steps including opening a 30,000 sq ft satellite warehouse to ensure the food most needed is always available.
- Provided financial support to overwhelmed Partner Agencies.
- Distributed nearly 2 million pounds of food (1.57 million meals) in October, 2008 – the largest single month of distribution in our organization’s 27-year history.
- Took over the operation of a Partner Agency set to close because of financial difficulties. The new CAFB East Austin Service Center continues to provide emergency food assistance to more than 1,100 individuals per distribution.
There is no doubt that the severe decrease in financial donations impacting nearly all social sector organizations has taken a severe toll on CAFB. That said, we are committed to expanding services, distributing more food and assisting our clients and Partner Agencies through the difficulties ahead. We will continue to grow programs such as Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Pantry, Kids Cafe, and Healthy Options Program for the Elderly (HOPE).
We will do this because we must. We will also do this because we know in the end you will be there as you always have, providing the gifts of food, funds, talent and time needed to make your community food bank work in support of so many in need.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our blog and read through this post. To give the gift of time by volunteering at CAFB, please call our volunteer resources team at 512-684-2140 or click here. To make a contribution of food or a financial gift, please call 512-282-2111 X242 or click here. And, if you or your family needs emergency food assistance, please check our list of Partner Agencies or call our agency relations department at 512-684-2504.
We are here to help those in need today, tomorrow and as long as hunger challenges our community.