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Central Texas Food Bank in need of donations during coronavirus concerns

CEO Derrick Chubbs says the need for food will continue to grow, especially for Central Texas children and elderly.

AUSTIN, Texas — Having a hot meal on the dinner table every night is something that's not a guarantee for more than 400,000 Central Texans. 

"We know things are going to change and the need is going to get much larger," said CEO Derrick Chubbs.

That need he said is growing larger as some lose access to food because of coronavirus precautions.

"This morning we woke up to find out our schools are going to be closed, so children who would traditionally have access to the free and reduced lunch program," said Chubbs.

Austin ISD served lunch at 14 locations on Friday. The Central Texas Food Bank is working on a plan going forward to keep them fed.

"What we're working on now is how we continue to meet that need," said Chubbs.


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Some brave volunteers aren't letting the virus stop them from pitching in to help. Sheridan Dorsey was helping to pack toilet paper into boxes on Friday. 

"I figure you know I'm not doing anything and I want to help out during spring break, especially when it's like everyone who has money to buy things is overbuying in the stores," said Dorsey. 

Donations are what the food bank said it needs the most, not to make sure children are fed but also the elderly.

"Right down to our seniors who aren't able to get out of their homes now, how do we work with our partner agencies to meet those needs as well," Dorsey said.


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