In 2012, our four year-round feeding programs provided a combined 358 tons of food, the equivalent of 596,618 meals.
The Food Pantry is the largest of the four feeding programs administered by The Caring Place, distributing 199 tons of food in 2012. This equates to over 332,000 meals.
In 2012, the Food Pantry provided a seven-day emergency food order to 13,822 individuals from 4,905 families.
An average of 24 families per day depend on The Caring Place to help them put food on the table. Families may qualify to receive a food order once in 30 days.
A seven-day emergency food order weighs about 30 pounds, and has an equivalent retail value of $34 per person.
The retail value of the food distributed through the Food Pantry in 2012 was $420,564. Because of the generosity of the community, The Caring Place actually paid only $37,048 for this food.
Although The Caring Place receives food for the Food Pantry from the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), the majority of available food comes from community food drives.
Cash donations are accepted in lieu of food, and are used to purchase needed perishables from HEB and CAFB. We also use donations to purchase needed non-perishables to keep the freezer filled with meat.
CAFB statistics reflect that one in six families in Central Texas experience food insecurity.