Man walks 24-hours straight to raise money for Central Texas Food Bank

Food Bank

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Families facing a shortage of food due to issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic received donations at another Central Texas Food Bank distribution Sunday morning.

The latest event hosted by the food bank took place at Austin Community College’s Highland campus.

Demand was expected to remain high for the drive-through food distribution, which happened between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Volunteers asked that people should only attend if they are facing true food insecurity.

The Central Texas Food Bank has reported a surge in demand as more and more people are affected by complications related to the coronavirus outbreak.

The number of first time clients attending the regular distributions rose 86% from March to April.

That is what inspired one Austin man to raise money for the organization.

Andrew Baker walked for 24 hours straight around Lady Bird Lake from Saturday to Sunday.

Baker was recently laid off because of the pandemic, and walked an estimated 40 miles.

“From one in the morning to basically noon today I had people accompany me, groups bringing food, bringing supplies, bringing first aid kits to address blisters, bringing drinks,” he said.

He was able to raise more than $2,600 for the organization.

To volunteer or donate to the food bank, click here.

The next food distribution will take place on Thursday, May 21 at Del Valle High School from 1 p.m to 4 p.m.

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