Keep Austin Fed continues to address higher need

Keep Austin Fed keeps eatable food out of the trash. (Courtesy Keep Austin Fed)
Keep Austin Fed keeps eatable food out of the trash. (Courtesy Keep Austin Fed)

Keep Austin Fed keeps eatable food out of the trash. (Courtesy Keep Austin Fed)

Keep Austin Fed, a local nonprofit that tackles hunger and helps the environment by rescuing safe-to-eat food that would have otherwise ended up in the trash, has seen an uptick in need in the last two years, Executive Director Lisa Barden said.

The organization takes donations from grocery stores, catering companies and restaurants of good-quality food that would have otherwise been thrown away.

The organization does not give food directly to people in need, but it uses volunteers to get the food to partner organizations, such as local food banks.

Over the last two years she has seen an uptick in the number of families who need help. As the need has increased, the nonprofit has also had to be flexible as COVID-19 has caused shutdowns and supply chain issues.

“Our volunteers have been rock stars,” Barden said. “We have not suffered the way others have with volunteers not being available.”


Barden said one way individuals can get involved is by volunteering. Volunteers are needed to pick up food in their own vehicles and transport it to partner organizations.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.