Preventing Food Waste

Unspoiled food that would otherwise go to waste can be reduced by donating it to the established network of food redistributors in Central Texas.  One of the premier organizations and clearinghouses for donated food in our region is the Central Texas Food Bank. This umbrella group works with about 250 church, government, and non-profit organizations to redistribute food in the greater Central Texas area.  This food bank will pick up larger quantities of food often available at restaurants, grocery stores, and leftovers from large parties and banquets.

Food can be accepted if the donations follow certain guidelines.

• The Food Bank’s mobile collection system generally requires quantities of 200 pounds.

• Pick-ups are during weekdays.

  Food must be properly packaged.  Perishable food means that in many cases, it must be refrigerated or frozen.

• Food already offered to the public is not accepted.

• If food is prepared, ingredient labels are preferred, but allergen labels are required.

Perishable food can also be donated at the Food Bank building, located at 6500 Metropolis (at the cross streets of Metropolis and Burleson), Austin, TX 78744, on weekdays between 8 AM to 5 PM.  (Use Metropolis entrance.)  For more information, the donation coordinators can be reached at (512) 684-2523, and (512) 684-2546.

While the Food Bank is one place to donate, many other food redistributors and emergency food providers are listed on the organization’s Web site under the “Get Help” section (  Many of these other organizations also pick up food donations, some of them on weekends.

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