1.35 Million Meals Raised: No Penalty for Excessive Celebration

February 7th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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HEB deliveres the first shipment of donated food from Souper Bowl of Caring 

Bruno Mars and the  Seattle Seahawks may have had you dancing in your own endzone for the big game, but we reserved our biggest celebrations for today.  Every food item donated, in-store donation and dollar raised these past four weeks leading up to Sunday’s game has made a tremendous impact resulting in 1.35 million meals!  Your generosity means we can provide peace of mind and support for good health when your neighbor’s food budget runs short.

A special thank you goes to our media partners, grocery partners and the many groups who have come together to help make Souper Bowl of Caring a success and exceed our goals: H-E-B, Central Market, Randalls, FOX 7; KEYE-TV; KVUE-TV; KXAN Austin News; Unimas; Telemundo; Univision-KAKW 62; The CW Austin; My Austin TV; Time Warner Cable News; KBVO; KVET; KASE 101; AM 1300 The Zone; Latino 102.7; La Jefa 104.3; El Sancho 107.7; 107.1 La Z; Incite; the Austin American-Statesman; The Jewish Outlook  and the Capitol Area Council Boy Scouts.

Sign up to volunteer today so we can get this food out to the community as quickly as possible.

Why Hank Perret believes we can raise 1.3 million meals before the big game.

January 21st, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

President and CEO, Hank Perret knows we can do this for Central Texas families in need. Here’s the gameplan:

Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive Kicks Off at Anderson High School

January 14th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Students, faculty and our partners gathered Friday at Anderson High School to officially “tackle hunger” with the Souper Bowl of Caring fundraising drive. This is the largest youth celebration of giving in the nation and also the largest food drive we have all year long.

Clara Cooper, president and CEO of Souper Bowl of Caring, explains how important this food drive is to us and the Central Texas families who turn to us in their time of need.

There are many ways you can use the energy and excitement around the Big Game to get involved and make a difference:

  1. Donate at your local HEB, Central Market and Randall’s stores by purchasing a pre-packaged bag or dropping off your donations at the store.  You can also donate cash at the register.
  2. Donate at your doorstep. Look for a flier delivered to your home on Saturday, Jan. 25, from the Capitol Area Council Boy Scouts, and follow the instructions to have a Boy Scout pick up your donation on Feb. 1.
  3. Host a food drive at your school, business or house of worship. Click here to register your group online. It’s easy, and they are a lot of great resources to help make your drive a success.

Help us meet our goal of raising 1.3 million meals for Central Texans in need. All donations directly benefit the Food Bank and the Partner Agencies that need our help to stock their shelves and serve their community.

Souper Bowl of Caring ends Feb. 2.

Learn more at our website.

Our first H-E-B shipment arrives from Souper Bowl of Caring!

February 4th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

 

Our First Souper Bowl of Caring Donations are Here

Our First Souper Bowl of Caring Donations are Here

Souper Bowl of Caring is one of the largest food drives we hold all year long.  It takes a village of media outlets, supporters and retailers to ensure we can reach our goal to provide 1.3 million meals.  It also takes many hours of volunteer time to inspect and sort donations before they are shipped out to the Capital Area Food Bank network of partners.  Today H-E-B delivered its first shipment of pre-sorted and packed meals, to the tune of 200,000 pounds of food, saving us time, labor and energy in volunteer time.

This shipment of food was made possible by your generous donations through the $1, $3 and $5 scan tags at the register as well as the $5 pre-packaged bags of food.  Each trailer contains a load of corn, green beans, peanut butter, tuna and pork n’ beans.

Thank you, H-E-B for making it easier for us to provide nourishing meals.

We’ll keep you posted on the final results of Souper Bowl of Caring. In the meantime, do you have a Souper Bowl of Caring story to share with us?  Let us know by emailing Lisa Goddard, Online Marketing Director at lgoddard@austinfoodbank.org.

 

Scouts Parade to the Capitol and Help Fight Hunger

February 1st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Credit: Capitol Area Council Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts are celebrating the 64th anniversary of the Scouting Movement on Saturday, February 2 at 9 a.m. with a parade and special report to the State of Texas. Once again, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts and Explorers from all over Texas are supporting Souper Bowl of Caring by collecting healthy, non-perishable food along the march up Congress Avenue to the Capitol.  Look for the Food Bank truck at the Radisson Hotel Parking Lot on the corner of Caesar Chavez and Congress where scouts will be on hand to receive your generous donations.

What to donate:

  • healthy, non-perishable food such as canned meats like tuna, stew and chili (pop-tops preferred) canned vegetables, pasta & pasta sauce, beans, healthy cereals and nut butters
  • items with intact, un-opened, consumer or commercial packaging
  • items with non-breakable packaging (no glass, please)
  • food within the expiration date on the packaging

For more information about the 2013 Report To State Parade, visit  the Capitol Area Council Boy Scouts website.

 

Souper Bowl of Caring Closing in on 1.3 Million Meal Goal.

January 29th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Souper Bowl of Caring under way

It’s been a week since we’ve kicked off Souper Bowl of Caring with our media and grocery partners, and we’re off to a great start! More than 175 groups have signed up to raise funds and 329,000 meals have already come in. We still have a way to go to reach our 1.3 million meal goal, and we need your support.

Now through Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, consider purchasing a $5 pre-packaged bag of food or making a cash donation for $1, $3, or $5 at any H-E-B, Randalls or Central Market.   Gear up for the biggest football game of the year, by joining the the biggest food drive of the year. Every dollar makes a difference.

For more information on how you can raise funds, or donate at the store, visit our website.

 

 

Souper Bowl of Caring to Tackle Hunger with 1.3 Million Meals

January 17th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Souper Bowl of Caring

Souper Bowl of Caring is January 17 through February 3

Hunger in Central Texas is a serious problem. Today, nearly 1 in 5 of our neighbors is at risk of going hungry. For children, it’s more than 1 in 4.  In addition to public nutrition programs like SNAP (formerly Food Stamps),  school lunches and summer meal programs,  one of the best ways for us to ensure families to always have access to food when they’re in need is with food drives like Souper Bowl of Caring.

Souper Bowl of Caring is a nationwide grassroots effort that uses Super Bowl Weekend to raise food and funds to help tackle hunger. In Central Texas, media partners, the Capitol Area Boy Scouts, H-E-B, Randalls and Central Market join forces for a three-week food drive beginning January 17, through Super Bowl Weekend, Sunday, February 3.

Last year, you helped to provide more than 1.1 million meals. Can you raise your game and bring in 1.3 million this year?  Here’s how you can get involved:

Donate at a store: Donate today by purchasing pre-packaged bags of the Food Bank’s most-needed, healthy, non-perishable food items at H-E-B, Central Market or Randalls. You may also make a cash donation at the register by using the $1, $3, or $5 scan-tags.  Each $5 bag provides more than two nutritious meals for a family of four.

 Organize a drive with your place of worship, school, or community group: Register your group with Souper Bowl of Caring, and you’ll receive free resource materials to help make your drive a success. We realize you have a choice when selecting a hunger-relief charity as the beneficiary of your collection. Thank you for choosing CAFB. Your gift will help us nourish the more than 48,000 hungry Central Texans relying on our services each week. Get started.

Donate at the Scout Parade: Join the Capitol Area Council Scouts on February 2 for the 103nd anniversary celebration of the Scouting movement at the 64rd annual Scout Parade and Report to the State of Texas. Scouts from all over Texas will march up Congress Avenue to the Capitol. In support of the Scouting for Food Drive and the Souper Bowl of Caring, Scouts will be on hand to collect donated non-perishable food items.

Volunteer: Last year our warehouse was overflowing with food donations. With our goal of 1.3 million meals, we expect a similar situation.  Visit our website now and get scheduled to volunteer with us in the coming weeks.  Consider bringing your workplace group, or a few friends with you to volunteer.

Give back.  Grab a bag. It’s someone’s next meal.

“Scout Power” to the Rescue!

February 28th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

This past Saturday, Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America answered our urgent plea for volunteers to help sort and inspect the 400 tons of food raised through Souper Bowl of Caring. They brought an army of little hands and big hearts, more than 70 strong, eager to make a difference in their community. More than 33,200 pounds of food was processed by the Scouts and is now ready to fill the pantries of families in need.

Our Scouts have a long-standing tradition of community service. This year, in support of Souper Bowl of Caring,  Scouts went door-to-door to pick up bags of non-perishable food left at doorsteps in communities across 15 Central Texas counties. At the annual Scout Parade in Austin, Scouts challenged each other to bring in at least five cans of food.

In total, their efforts this year brought in nearly 28,000 pounds of food. In the last three years, Scouts have raised more than a quarter million pounds of food to help nourish Central Texans in need – an amazing accomplishment!

We created a custom “Texas Hunger Fighter” patch for the Scouts as a special thank you for being part of the social fabric in our hunger-fighting community. Each scout who volunteered on Saturday received a patch.

"Texas Hunger Fighter" Patch

Thank you, Scouts for your enduring support and commitment to service.

Souper Bowl of Caring Donations Continue to Overflow the Food Bank

February 22nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The last of the donations from Souper Bowl of Caring trickled in this past week. Your support means we can provide more than 1.1 million more meals to hungry Central Texans. With 250 tons of donations still left in our warehouse just waiting to be sorted and inspected, we still could use your help. We especially need volunteers during the week. Click here to sign up.

We also wanted to share what your generosity has done to our warehouse. Professional photographer, Jeff Campbell stopped by to help us document this amazing display of generosity.

Give your body and soul one of the best workouts in town by volunteering with us today.

Sweatin’ to End Hunger: The Ultimate Food Bank Workout

February 10th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Iris demonstrates the "Banana Box Lunge" targeting the glutes, hips and thighs.

Thanks to the thousands of Central Texans who donated food through Souper Bowl of Caring these past few weeks, we have more than 835,000 pounds of food at our headquarters. We’ve actually run out of room in our 60,000 square foot warehouse so we’re storing extra food in five trailers in the parking lot.

If you’re looking to mix up your exercise activities, or if exercising outdoors has you sneezing and freezing, keep the Food Bank in mind. When you volunteer at the Food Bank in product recovery sorting and inspecting food, you’ll get more than a warm feeling in your heart; you’ll get your heart pumping too. Each banana box filled with food weighs approximately 35 pounds. And, our improvised medicine ball of volunteer nametags collected over the past six months weighs nine pounds. The lunging, pallet-jacking, and lifting you’ll do during the three-hour shift will give you a great full-body work out from your delts to your hamstrings.

 

Volunteers are most needed Monday through Wednesday. Shifts are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Register online.

Help us get 400 tons of food out the door because hunger can’t wait.