A Souper Reason to Get Involved in Hunger–Feeding Folks in Austin

 

By Ed Nicholson

In August of 2008, we did our first social media engagement donation with the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin.  There weren’t many such efforts going on at that time (a lot since). It’s been cited as a case study several times, and since then, we’ve considered CAFB a great partner. As I’ve said many times, they are definitely among the best food banks at using social networking channels in reaching their stakeholders with the crystal-clear message, "HUNGER IS UNNACEPTABLE." 

Today we’re announcing a new effort!

For the next couple of weeks CAFB will be holding their Souper Bowl of Caring drive,  in conjunction with the largest youth-led food and fund  raising effort in the country.  In support of this event, for every comment you make to this blog post telling us you think hunger is unacceptable (if you want to add why, that would be even better), we’ll donate 100 pounds of food.   We’ll do the same if you post it to your own blog or if you send a Tweet with the hashtag #SBOCAustin.  We’ll keep donating up to a 35,000 pound truckload.

So come on. Support the fabulous work of the Capital Area Food Bank. Tell the world HUNGER IS UNACCEPTABLE.

39 thoughts on “A Souper Reason to Get Involved in Hunger–Feeding Folks in Austin

  1. DonnaB

    Thank you Tyson for giving back to the people who need it most.  And THANK YOU CAFB for helping feed the hungry people of Austin, Dripping Springs, Bastrop, etc.  Dripping Springs and Austin wants to end hunger!!!

  2. Tracie Pumphrey

    Hunger is Unacceptable!!! 

    If we can send men to the moon, send arms to poor countries to fight eachother over land, send pipes and heavy equipment to Alaska to drill for oil…. then we can pull together and end hunger!!!!

    I challenge all residents of Dripping Springs to write a post and help end hunger in everyway you can!! 

    Thankyou to Tyson Foods and the CAFB!

  3. Randy Starck

    No one should be hungry. Tyson Foods is a leader in the fight against hunger. More companies should follow their example of making a difference.

     

     

     

  4. Heather McK

    The Capital Area Food Bank is unyielding in their efforts to end hunger and spread the word that hunger is unacceptable in Central Texas, and everywhere.  Thank you to Tyson Foods for the generous support of CAFB and Food Banks across the nation.

  5. Tracy Bender

    Hunger is unacceptable because everyone can do something. Even if you can only give $1, you can help. Please give what you can to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.

  6. Alexandra Romero

     

    Hunger is UNACCEPTABLE! No one should have to be food insecure. Defined, food insecurity is when you are so limited in resources to buy food that you are running out of food, reducing the quality of food that your family eats, feeding your children unbalanced diets, or skipping meals so your children can eat.Thank you Tyson for working with the CAFB and helping Texans!

  7. Deborah Vollmer Dahlke

     

    Hunger is unacceptable!  There is enough food wasted and thrown away in the US to feed thousands, perhaps millions of hungry people.   Learn the facts–and make change happen

    • Over 3.1 million people in Texas don’t always know where they will get the groceries or money for their next meal
    • Approximately 874,000 Texans may suffer from outright hunger
    • An estimate of almost 1/4 of Texas children (over 1.4 million) live in food insecure households
    • Texas has the 2nd highest rate of food insecurity in the nation

     SOURCE:  "Ending Hunger in Our Community, Food Security Through Food Assistance," The Center for Public Policy Priorities and Orchard Communications, Inc., March 2004

  8. Mickey Gomez

    Hunger is unacceptable in this day and age.  We’re smart, innovative, and motivated – every day I see examples of creative social change ideas put into practice by people all over the world – it’s time to focus on alleviating hunger, spotlighting ideas that work and replicating them.

    How can people live up to their potential if one of their most basic needs goes unmet?

    Thank you, Tyson, for your commitment to addressing the injustices of poverty.  Here’s hoping that you inspire other companies to join you. 

  9. Judy Moriarty

     

    Hunger is unaccpetable.  Thanks to Tyson for being a leader in the crusade to help end hunger right here at home.  My wish is that other food providers in this great country of ours join in with you to build on the momentum of this wonderful project.

  10. Mel

    Hunger is unacceptable, especially in a country so prosperous!  Sure, the economy isn’t doing so well right now, but we should still do what we can to share what we have!

  11. Ian Greenleigh

     A great society should not have hungry people. This is not a political issue–it is one of the right to survival. Everyone can and should get behind these efforts. Thanks.

  12. San Francisco Food Bank

     

    Hunger is unacceptable! As the recession forces more and more Americans into hunger, we need to work even harder to make sure everyone in this country has enough to eat. Thanks to Tyson for their continuing support of food banks throughout the US.

  13. Holly Wood

    In a nation of such excess that we throw away literally tons of food and other things that could still be used, it is absolutely unacceptable that anyone should go hungry.

    =h=

  14. Marc Schwarz

     Hunger IS unacceptable, and it’s wonderful to see a company like Tyson take such a positive action — especially in these tough economic times. Posterity will judge us harshly if we are willing to allow the less fortunate among us to starve in the land of plenty.

  15. Emily B

    Hunger is UNacceptable because food is essential to live. I am able to successfully work, think, live and enjoy life because I have food to nourish me. I am thankful for what I have, but I know others are not as fortunate.

  16. Monica Williams

    Hunger is unacceptable because it is too easy to help those who need it. Right now in Texas, there are unnecessary roadblocks for people seeking assistance for food, and the people perpetuating these roadblocks have lost sight of how hunger can devastate a family. Most of us can’t imagine what it’s like to go without a meal because we can’t afford it, but for an increasing number of Texans, it’s a very real situation. So while the state government continues to deny people their right to the support they need, the rest of us need to step up and do what we can to help our hungry neighbors. 

    Maybe it’s true that each of us is responsible for our own success, but none of us can achieve success or even self-reliance without first having the basic needs for survival. 

    Thank you, Tyson, for recognizing this and leading the way. 

  17. Bob Coleman

     Hunger is unacceptable.  If each person made even a small effort to help hunger could be eliminated. Thank you Tyson Foods for your help in this cause.

  18. Aaron Kuniansky-Altman

     Hunger is unacceptable because there is currently enough food to feed everybody on this planet.

  19. donnam13

    Hunger is unacceptable in this day and age.. we have enough food to feed the entire planet if only we ‘all’ managed it better. Thanks very much for donating food on our behalf! off to tweet the hashtag

  20. Carol Mulder

    Hunger is unacceptable.  I hope we can do something for our friends in Haiti, who are suffering right now.

  21. Fern Nicholson

    Hunger is unacceptable.  World resources are great , the ability to share is available.  We appreciate Tyson.

  22. Amy D.

    Hunger is unacceptable!  In a prosperous country like the USA, we should be ashamed that anyone goes hungry.


  23. Jim Huffman

     

    Hunger is unacceptable. I’m so appreciative of Tyson’s efforts to feed the world, even ‘the least among us.’ I’ve long admired your values statement.

  24. Jess Sides

        Hunger is unacceptable.  There are plenty of people out there in the U.S. with food going bad in their refrigerators!  There are many people in the U.S. who have a surplus of what they need to survive.  We need to give back the the community, and the food bank is a great resource for facilitating this change.

  25. Eric Herboso

     Hunger is unacceptable because there is more than enough food to go around.

    Hunger is only acceptable when a scarcity exists. That we today throw away so much food when others must go without is absolutely appalling to me.

    Thank you, Tyson, for helping to curb this trend in Austin and across the world.

  26. Penny Experiment

    Nobody should go without basic necessities with food being one of those basics, While this is true for anywhere in the world, it’s especially true in a nation as rich and prosperous as ours.

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