Food Basket Challenge Facts
Each week, the Micah 6 Food Pantry gives away about 10,000 pounds of food.
That supplies about 400 people with enough food for the week.
In 2013, Micah 6 served 3,520 households, filling 18,649 food baskets.
More than 44% of those households had at least one child under 18.
It costs Micah 6 about $1,000 per week in transportation costs to offer between
5 and 6 thousand pounds of food for the pantry from Capital Area Food Bank.
We don’t pay for surplus food, but we do have to pay for the cost of transporting food.
When surplus food isn’t available, we pay for “co-op” food or purchase food at retail.
20% of the people living in Travis County are below the federal poverty level.
Low income people, or about 36% of Travis County residents, who make
less than 200% of the federal poverty level, are eligible to shop at the pantry.
27% of children who live in Texas are food insecure (consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year).
More than half of Travis County residents eligible for SNAP (food stamps) aren’t enrolled. That translated into $349 million in lost revenue in 2013.
source: City of Austin Sustainable Food Policy Board
In 2014, Congress slashed the SNAP budget by $8 billion. Most of the cuts are achieved by more strict enrollment requirements, which means more hungry people in Central Texas.
400,000 people in the 21 county area served by Capital Area Food Bank don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
source: Capital Area Food Bank