Austin food bank in need of donations

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by QUITA CULEPEPPER / KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 8:21 PM

AUSTIN -- The holidays are a time for giving and Central Texans always step up to the plate. While food is pouring in to the Capital Area food bank, the agency still needs your help.

At the Capital Area food bank, the shelves are stocked.

"We have good things like peanut butter and pinto beans," said CEO and President of Capital Area food bank Hank Perret.

In fact, the agency has more food now than it's had in a long time. So much so, excess supplies are being stored in trailers outside.

"We've been fortunate to get some large donations from sister food banks in the state where they've had an abundance," Perret said.

But the agency that feeds approximately 50,000 people a week is still in need.

"Actually right now money is more important than food," Perret said.

That money is the food bank's bread and butter, helping to buy more food when donations slow down and supplies run low.

"The cash donations we're getting this time of year are vitally important because things do slow down in the summertime," Perret said.

Perret said anyone who gives cash now can expect their donation to help twice as many as it usually would.

"We have something going on right now with the Beaumont Foundation and they're matching up to $100,000 so a $1 donation to the food bank, we'll turn that into $10 worth of nutritious food. That's a big deal," he said.

Perret said it's an easy tax write off and a way to make sure the hungry here in Central Texas continue to get the food they need.

The food bank also needs volunteers to help sort all the food donations it's gotten this holiday season.

For more information on how you can help: http://www.austinfoodbank.org/
  
 

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