As we join in on bountiful summer barbeques and fixate on staying in shape for our bikinis, it’s easy to forget that food isn’t just a ubiquitous temptation. For thousands of central Texans, it’s a basic survival need that is hard to come by. The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest charity addressing this problem. They gave out more than 22 million pounds of food in the last fiscal year, and 41% of their clients are children. The CAFB always accepts contributions of food, money, and volunteer hours, but there are several more ways to give. Here are a few that are super easy and even offer incentives.
1) Feed the hungry while you feel the burn at one of Synergy Fitness’ boot camps. On Saturday mornings, they host a group exercise class that’s free of charge when you bring one or two non-perishable food items to donate to CAFB. Join this “Get Fit and Give Back” initiative from 9:00- 10:00 a.m. Check locations and details here.
2) Turn your weekend brunch into a gift that keeps on giving. The annual Can and Cash Drive is going on through the month of July at all five locations of Kerbey Lane. The favorite local café is accepting cash (no credit card donations) and canned food to send to CAFB. For every two cans you bring, you’ll receive a dollar off your tab, with a maximum of $5 off. Fill your belly with the seasonal lemon poppy seed pancakes and fill the pantries of those in need at the same time.
3) What’s easier than spending money? Shop with added purpose by choosing retailers that donate some of their proceeds to the food bank. If you access online stores by using their link on the CAFB website, a small percentage of whatever you spend will be donated to them. It can add up when you’re purchasing things you were going to buy anyway, and a lot of major stores are involved. Participating retailers include Amazon, Expedia, Sephora, and Target. If you want to make charity as routine as weekly grocery shopping, head to HEB. In addition to supporting the food drives they carry out a couple times per year, you can elect to have a donation of $1, $3, or $5 added to your grocery bill right at the checkout station.
Capital Area Food Bank of Texas
8201 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78745