Capital Area Food Bank & Southwest Key Partner to Feed East Austin-ites

December 27, 2010 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

What can provide 722 individuals with 6,124 pounds of healthy foods in two hours? The first visit by the Wheels of Sharing mobile pantry to SWKey’s national headquarters in the Govalle/Johnston Terrace neighborhood started out with a bang! One in six Texans is at risk of hunger each day, and Southwest Key Programs (SWKey) has kicked off a new partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to help those Texans. The CAFB’s mission to provide food and grocery products to hungry Central Texans and SWKey’s goal to provide families with the resources and opportunities to ensure children can thrive in our communities meet through a partnership bringing the Wheels of Sharing to the Southwest Key headquarters in East Austin.

Line and Wheels of Sharing Truck

The line begins to form for the Wheels of Sharing mobile pantry.

In this neighborhood unemployment is at 13.3%, the median household income is less than $25,000, and 27% of the residents live below the poverty line. Access to the mobile pantry on the second Friday of every month means healthy foods such as meat, beans, canned and fresh vegetables, and soup. In addition, visitors to can get help applying for food stamps. “It was very important to us that we provide resources to families. Our goal is to provide opportunity to the children in East Austin. And we all know that kids cannot thrive if they are hungry,” stated Jennifer Nelson, Vice President of Community Programs. “We are very excited about this partnership!” The Wheels of Sharing will provide food to anyone that stands in line, regardless of income level or documentation status, every second Friday of the month from 4-6pm.

– Narissa Johnson
Ext. Communications Manager

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Entry filed under: Community Empowerment, Community Resource, East Austin, Partners, Wellness Program.

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