Central Texas Food Bank  - the Central Texas Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas.

Putting Good Food Within Reach

We work with food donors across the country, financial supporters and volunteers to fill unmet needs in Central Texas. This commitment from private, government and charitable partners has allowed us to bring 31 million meals to our community last year and into the hands of families and local nonprofits that turn to us for help. There are three key ways we do this.

  1. We share free food and our knowledge on low-cost, healthy eating with families in need. Learn how we stock their shelves, provide healthy meals and educate.
  2. We assist families who qualify for federal assistance programs. Learn how we connect families to life-enhancing resources.
  3. And finally, we make food affordable for charitable and government partners. The quality food and food resources we provide means that they can spend their limited resources to enhance their programs. Learn how we strengthen community services.

We are a registered 501(c)(3), which means that we are not a religious, political or advocacy organization.

We believe there’s strength in numbers and in working together. We are members of Feeding America and Feeding Texas (formerly the Texas Food Bank Network). Our service territory includes: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gillespie, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Milam, Mills, San Saba, Travis and Williamson counties. Roughly 250 Partner Agencies have joined us to serve families in 21 Central Texas counties at soup kitchens, food pantries, after-school programs, snack programs and other service sites.

A leader in the fight against hunger for nearly 35 years, our mission is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger.

To learn more about the Central Texas Food Bank go to www.centraltexasfoodbank.com
Texas Hunger Initiative

The Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) is a capacity-building and collaborative project, developed in the Baylor University School of Social Work, which seeks to develop and implement strategies to end hunger through policy, education, research, community organizing and community development. THI seeks to make the state food secure by ensuring that every individual has access to three healthy meals a day, seven days a week. THI convenes federal, state and local government stakeholders with non-profits, faith communities and business leaders to create an efficient system of accountability that increases food security in Texas. Along with its Central Office located within the Baylor University School of Social Work, THI has 8 regional offices located in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, Rio Grande Valley, San Angelo and Waco.
To learn more about the Texas Hunger Initiative go to www.baylor.edu/texashunger/
McLennan County Hunger Coalition
McLennan County Hunger Coalition (MCHC) is a non-profit organization that collaborates with local pantries, businesses, congregations, food producers and individuals to enhance food security to people in this area.  MCHC has been a leader in food rescue efforts with the Salvation Army and Baylor University Campus Kitchens and has been a strong advocate for participation by area children in the Summer Meals programs.  It has strived to increase awareness of hunger issues through advocacy, alongside the Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition and the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition.  
To learn more about the McLennan County Hunger Coalition go to www.mclennanhunger.org/
Food Research and Action Center (hunger, nutrition and poverty issues)
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty. As Congress Daily has written, FRAC is “the premier anti-hunger group in Washington.”   FRAC’s activities include:
  • conducts research to document the extent of hunger, its impact, and effective solutions;
  • seeks improved federal, state and local public policies that will reduce hunger and under-nutrition;
  • monitors the implementation of laws and serves as a watchdog of programs;
  • provides coordination, training, technical assistance and support on nutrition and anti-poverty issues to a nationwide network of advocates, service providers, food banks, program administrators and participants, and policymakers; and
  • conducts public information campaigns to help promote changes in attitude and policies.
To learn more about the Food Research and Action Center go to www.frac.org/