Cedar Park advises against creating, using free food tables

The city of Cedar Park is asking residents to neither set up nor visit pop-up free food tables in neighborhoods. (Courtesy city of Cedar Park)
The city of Cedar Park is asking residents to neither set up nor visit pop-up free food tables in neighborhoods. (Courtesy city of Cedar Park)

The city of Cedar Park is asking residents to neither set up nor visit pop-up free food tables in neighborhoods. (Courtesy city of Cedar Park)

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Citing a health hazard, the city of Cedar Park is asking residents to stop creating pop-up food banks in neighborhoods.

Residents have set up tables in neighborhoods offering free food, according to the city.

At approximately 7 a.m. April 9, a post on the city's official Facebook page asks residents to stop building and visiting the pop-up food banks.

"The generous spirit of neighbors clearing their pantries and sharing is heartwarming—but it poses a significant health hazard as a potential exposure to COVID-19," the post said. "Some of you have set up displays and pop up tents in commercial corridor right of ways."

Most comments on the Facebook post supported the city's suggestion, but some comments said the tables were safer than grocery stores or food delivery.


The city recommends residents instead donate food to Reveal Rescource Center and Hill Country Ministries, both of which are still accepting either food or monetary donations, according to the post.

"Thank you for helping your community by Staying Home and Staying Safe," the post said.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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