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Capital Area Food Bank Gets New Name, New Space

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As the population of Central Texas continues to grow, so too does its need to feed its residents.

Capital Area Food Bank distributed nearly 34 million pounds of food last year–the largest amount in its more than 30-year history. Even then, the organization fell short of meeting demand by 30 percent. Over 477,000 people in the 21-county service area don’t have regular access to food. That figure equates to about 17 percent of the adult population and 24 percent of the child population in Central Texas, above the national average.

The overwhelming need has caused Capital Area Food Bank to outgrow its current 60,000 square-foot space. Last week, the organization announced its plans to address the problem. First, a move later this month to a new larger location will increase storage capacity for dry goods and refrigeration and freezer capacity, allowing for more food donations and a greater ability to accept and store fresh produce. The new location will provide the organization the ability to deliver up to 66 million pounds of food, doubling output from the previous year.

The location isn’t all that will change either. Beginning June 1, the non-profit group also changed its name to Central Texas Food Bank. The old name has caused confusion for years since it shares a similar name with a food bank in Washington, D.C. In addition, people often assume that the food bank only serves Austin and Travis County. The organization actually services a 19,000-square mile area that 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.

Besides a new name and new location, the group also has a new logo. The bright orange carrot represents the organization’s goal of increasing the amount of fresh produce they distribute, while the leafy green arrows that form the carrot top represent the many communities throughout Central Texas the food bank serves.

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