A Celebration of Hunger Heroes

April 26th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

The Food Bank hosted its third annual Hunger Heroes dinner on April 3 in celebration of  the community partners who made the past year a success.

This year, we were thrilled to honor seven of our outstanding community partners.  Our 2013 Hunger Heroes were:

  • Kathy Quinlan, President of the Schulenburg Area Food Pantry, an exemplary CAFB Partner Agency and important community resource for the small town of Schulenburg;
  • Ben Rivera, a Volunteer Leader who serves regularly in Product Recovery, at Mobile Food Pantry distributions and at community events
  • Dell, Inc., an outstanding partner through corporate volunteering and employee giving.  Dell employees performed nearly one-third of the Food Bank’s workplace volunteer hours last year!
  • Robert Gager, Executive Director of the Shepherd’s Heart Pantry in Waco, a network of pantries with a revolutionary social entrepreneurship model
  • Lisa Gilbert, a Volunteer Leader and Ambassador who leads the administrative volunteer team at CAFB and whose family also supports the Food Bank as donors
  • Chef David Bull, an acclaimed member of Austin’s culinary scene and community advocate working to end childhood hunger
  • Rudy’s BBQ – 360 South Store, a highly motivated workplace volunteering group whose dedication amazes everyone they work with at the Food Bank

The dinner was emceed by Capital Area Food Bank board member Melissa Anthony-Sinn with a special introduction by President and CEO Hank Perret.  Thank you to everyone who made this evening an inspiring success.

CAFB Honors Hunger Heroes in the Community

March 30th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

This week, Food Bank staff and community members gathered for an intimate evening of celebration to honor organizations and individuals helping us fulfill our mission.

Lottie McCorkle, sixth from the left - LA Care

Lakes Area care, Inc. (LACare)
Lottie McCorkle, Director
Burnet, TX

Since 1987 when LACare joined the Food Bank family as a Partner Agency, Lottie and her dedicated team of volunteers have been providing emergency food for families in the Burnet area.  Lottie believes that their duties, in addition to providing food, nutrition classes, voter registration assistance, hygiene kits and emergency food vouchers for prescription medications  includes “making everyone feel special – because they are.”


Dr. Geraldine Tucker, far right - The Town Lake Chapter of the Links, Inc.

The Town Lake Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Dr. Geraldine Tucker, President
Austin, TX

The Links Inc.  is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.  The Town Lake Chapter of the Links has loyally supported the Food Bank’s Kids Cafe program at Campbell and Norman Elementary schools since 2003 and has donated nearly $100,000 to sustain the programs at the schools.  Members are actively engaged in the schools’ afterschool programs as volunteers, enriching and deepening their impact as donors.


Kurt Dyer, center

Kurt Dyer
Volunteer, CAFB’s St. John Community Food Center
Austin, TX

As an outstanding Volunteer Leader for the Capital Area Food Bank, Kurt has donated more than 177 hours of his time at the pantry and helps train new volunteers.  Thanks to his reliable, caring service and leadership, the St. John Community Food Center serves more than 250 families each week.


Mike Harris, center

Mike Harris, General  Manager, and Michelle Villarreal, Merchandise Coordinator
Walmart Distribution Center #6038
Temple, TX

In support of the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion Fighting Hunger Initiative, Mike and Michelle coordinate donations from the Temple distribution center.  This past year, more than 1,010,250 pounds of food was donated to CAFB, 93% of which was high-demand nutritious produce. Mike believes that the partnership enables Walmart to help “people live better – every one of us needs help in some way throughout our lives.”

Thank you for your outstanding support and for helping to end hunger in your community.   A special thank you also goes to Rob Cunningham, Community Relations Director at FOX 7 KTBC Austin for emceeing the event.




Hunger Heroes turn Hunger into Hope

March 24th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Today, at our annual “Hunger Heroes” appreciation luncheon at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, we celebrated with special guests our accomplishments in providing an unprecedented 17.2 million meals to nearly 300,000 hungry Central Texans. It was also an opportunity to honor  Mr. Eddie Garcia of H-E-B for his inspirational leadership of H-E-B programs in support of our mission and his dedication to ending hunger. Eddie was responsible for important public affairs and community programs including:

  • Establishing the H-E-B Food Bank assistance program which supports 17 Texas food banks.  Thanks to this program, more than 2 million pounds of product was donated to CAFB this past year.
  • Developing H-E-B’s “Help End Hunger” annual store campaign which raised more than $75,000 this past year for the Food Bank.
  • Creating and developing the “Feast of Sharing” free community dinners in December and November.
  • Leading efforts to establish the first food bank in Mexico.

Left to right: Dana Shelton (CAFB), Eddie Garcia (H-E-B), David Davenport (CAFB)

In spite of retirement, Eddie’s relationship with us and the Food Banking community continues in his current role as the H-E-B Food Bank Assistance Program consultant.

Eddie, and our Hunger Heroes, are shining examples of how one person can change many lives. Thank you, Central Texans! View photos of our Hunger Heroes.

Top row: Michelle Walker-Moak (Applied Materials) and Amanda Webster (National Instruments). Bottom row: Karin Dicks (AMD) and Kristi Fontenot (AMD).

To see how your support made a difference this past year, please view our annual report published today.

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