Austin, Texas – Boxes of food were loaded into vehicles Tuesday morning at a park along East William Cannon.
The £8,000 of supplies will feed nearly 300 families. The effort gives those who arrived riding something to be thankful for this holiday season.
“It would be hard to make ends meet, especially with our income. And there are many people like us who need it badly. But I ask God every day to help us,” said one woman who received a holiday package of food.
The Central Texas Food Bank organized distribution in East Austin.
“Unfortunately, the necessity is not surprising to us when we look at what is currently happening to the economy with inflation,” said food bank CEO and president Sari Vatske.
Texas Senator John Cornyn was among those who worked in the food chain. Cornyn later spoke of the growing food gap in the family budget.
“We’re seeing an average 20% increase in the various components of what most people would eat for their Thanksgiving dinner,” said Senator Cornyn.
The Texas Republican fears that prices could rise again in the new year if a railroad strike occurs.
“Before the election, we were told, it’s interesting, before the election, we were told that this problem is more or less resolved and gone,” Cornyn said.
Congressional intervention, blocking a work stoppage, could happen, but Senator Cornyn thinks the Biden administration needs to move faster.
“The president has some authorities under emergency to try and delay this disruption. But you can imagine what would happen to everything from cars to food, you name it, if America’s rail system were disrupted, because it’s a is an essential part of our distribution system to support our economy and national security,” said Senator Cornyn.
According to a man in the distribution line, the supply chain held up on Tuesday, at least for now, making this holiday a joyful one.
The Central Texas Food Bank supplies food to a 21-county area twice the size of Massachusetts. There are three food distributions on Wednesday.
- The Asian American Resource Center (AARC) on Cameron Rd. from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m
- Southwest Key on Jain Lane from 10am to 11am
- San Saba City Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m