During 2014, The Caring Place distributed 803,204 pounds of food to area families through four feeding programs. Utilizing the conversion formula provided by the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin of 1.2 pounds of food equaling one meal, The Caring Place provided 669,337 meals to area families in 2014.
The Food Pantry is the largest of the four feeding programs administered by The Caring Place. In 2014, the Food Pantry provided 501,720 pounds of food to 16,724 individuals.
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 $40 per person.
The Caring Place provided 185,487 pounds of fresh produce impacting 22,142 people through Fresh Food For Families.
Four-hundred-twenty-nine seniors received supplemental groceries once a month through our Healthy Options Program for the Elderly (HOPE) Program totaling 31,247 pounds.
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.