On November 19, Central Texans rallied at the Central Texas Food Bank for the 27th edition of the Austin Empty Bowl Project, an annual event aiming to combat hunger, according to Fox 7 Austin. The event, which unites local residents, restaurants, and potters, successfully distributed around 3,000 bowls of soup to raise funds for the Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels reported by KVUE.
Throughout its existence, the Austin Empty Bowl Project has become an essential fundraising event for the Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels, especially amidst a burgeoning demand for food assistance and volunteer shortage, according to Fox 7 Austin. Mark Jackson, Chief Development Officer at the Central Texas Food Bank, noted that about $1 million of food per month has been allocated for both organizations during the holiday season, according to KVUE.
Multiple factors such as Austin's cost of living, SNAP benefit reforms, and inflation have cumulatively exacerbated food insecurity in Central Texas, thereby increasing dependence on food assistance provided by entities like Meals on Wheels and the Central Texas Food Bank, as reported by KVUE. Participating in the Austin Empty Bowl Project has become a valued tradition for locals, raising both awareness and money. Despite these efforts, the service demand keeps growing while the Food Bank struggles with limited volunteer resources.
In previous iterations, the Austin Empty Bowl Project has raised approximately $120,000 annually and has accumulated over $1.4 million throughout its entirety, according to KVUE. By supporting both the Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels, the event channels community spirit to address the growing hunger problem directly.
Those interested to volunteering or providing assistance for the Central Texas Food Bank can find more information at their Official Website.