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Combating food insecurity amidst the coronavirus

Here are some resources for those who need help finding food in the Austin area.

AUSTIN, Texas — There’s enough going on in the world to be concerned about that people shouldn’t have to be worried about being hungry. 

Here are some resources for those who need help finding food amid ongoing closures and cancellations due to coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Central Texas Food Bank

The Central Texas Food Bank is a great resource for those facing food insecurity. On their website, you can find an interactive map showing you nearby food pantries and places to get groceries.

According to the food bank, it “may need your help more than ever,” amid the coronavirus. Volunteers are still needed as the outbreak goes on. The organization said on its website that it is taking proactive measures to protect volunteers, staff and clients. You can support the food bank through its website.

Manos de Cristo

The Manos de Cristo food pantry is located at 4911 Harmon Ave. in Downtown Austin. The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to provide emergency assistance to those in need.

According to its website, the pantry’s immediate needs include cereal, canned corn, dry beans and milk. To find out more, or volunteer, visit the organization’s website.

Micah 6 Food Pantry

The Micah 6 Food Pantry, located at 2200 San Antonio Street near The Drag, is open to shoppers on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. According to the organization, its shoppers come from all walks of life and don’t all qualify for government assistance.

RELATED: Texas Department of Agriculture will continue to help provide school meals amid coronavirus closures

Find out more information about the pantry and volunteering on its website.

Additionally, many school districts are offering ways to keep its students fed even if they aren’t able to hold classes. To find out more, contact your school.


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