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Keep Austin Fed



Keep Austin Fed is a volunteer based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that gathers surplus food from restaurants, grocery stores, etc. keeping it out of the waste stream and delivering it to area charities serving people in need.

SPECIAL NOTE:  In order to become a full volunteer, see our full calendar, and register for a food run, you must attend a 1.5-2 hour orientation which includes a 30 minute training session and ~ 1 hour of sorting, weighing, loading and delivering surplus food to a recipient.  You also need to obtain a food handler's certification which can take up to 2 hours to complete (online).  See the steps below for what to do next.

1. Request to join Keep Austin Fed

IMPORTANT:  Look for the "Become a member" button underneath Keep Austin Fed's name.  Click on this to complete your request to join Keep Austin Fed.

2. Register for a Shadow Run/Orientation - You can find them listed on the calendar below (located on the main Keep Austin Fed givepulse page).

3. Read the KAF Volunteer Handbook

4. Earn a food handler certificate – it costs $9.95 for 2 years. Please register your certification with us by filing an impact with this event Submit Food Handler Certificate.

5. Once you're approved for membership, you'll be able to see and sign up for all open food runs, marked in blue below.

6. If you have a question, – e-mail

KAF is entirely volunteer run, which means it often takes us time to respond to requests because we all juggle jobs, family life, and volunteer work. Thanks so much for your interest in helping Keep Austin Fed!

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Suzanne LaPinta wrote on August 19th, 2016

Hey Ryan, I remember being confounded by the same problem. You have to log in with your email address and password, or the calendars with available food runs will be blocked from your viewing. The calendar with only the shadow food runs is what anyone logging onto the Givepulse KAF site can view.

Ryan Gamble wrote on August 11th, 2016

Hello! I'd like to register for a food run, but my calendar lists no events other than the Shadow Food Run and Orientation at Trader Joes, which I've already attended. I'm all set with my food handler's certificate, and ready to go! :)

GivePulse profile picture of Ryan Gamble Ryan Gamble  11 months ago
I think it's because I had to request to join...which I've now done. I'll await approval. Thanks!

Destiny Young wrote on April 13th, 2015

I couldn't make the last orientation. I have been doing all the food runs with John Van Lowe. Any clue when the next orientation is?

GivePulse profile picture of Adeana Reveles Adeana Reveles  2 years ago
Hi Destiny - the next orientation is this coming Sunday, April, 26th. I believe that you registered already. Let us know if you have any questions and have a great rest of the day:)


Yvonne Johnson wrote on March 25th, 2015

Is givepulse On Android

GivePulse profile picture of George Luc George Luc  2 years ago
Soon... right now we don't. But if you use your browser on Android it should work, please let us know how we may improve if you experience any difficulties. Cheers!

Sherry Stephens wrote on March 10th, 2015

Is anyone available to do the Contigo run on Sunday? It's s recipient is Outcry in the Barrio. The procedure is to call Contigo at 2:30 to see if they have a decent-sized donation, and, if so, pick it up around 3 or 3:30. Phone numbers are: Aaron Hyman, manager, at 907 612 0094 (you can text him if you wish as this is his personal cell phone ) and Contigo 512 614-2260. It's your call as to whether a pick-up sounds worth the effort -- sometimes what they have is very minimal. Thanks!

Gina Tillis wrote on January 15th, 2015

On Feb. 3rd from 1:00-3:00pm the First Year Experience will be hosting an asset based community development (ABCD) training in collaboration with the Community Advancement Network (CAN) of Austin. This workshop will be facilitated by nationally renown expert on ABCD and is open for our students, neighborhood residents, nonprofit agencies, churches and local government interested in discovering the power of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) to help build stronger, healthier communities and neighborhoods by unlocking the gifts of the residents, associations and organizations.


Introduction to ABCD – Definitions & Principles
Examples of ABCD in action
Why Place-Based Strategies and Community Engagement are Critical
The roles of Residents in Building a Stronger Community
The New Role of Institutions – How Institutions Can Use All Their Assets to Build a Stronger Community and raise more resources
Tools for Agencies and Local Governmental Institutions - Leading By Stepping Back
Asset Mapping – Discover-Ask-Connect – From Mapping to Mobilizing
Learning Conversations – How to Connect and Engage Residents
Connector Leaders – Effective leadership in Today’s World

We welcome your attendance and look forward to partnering with you! Peace and blessings...

Parker F wrote on November 19th, 2014

Is anyone free to cover a one (or both) of the next two Diesel Foods (Saturday 11/22 and 11/29) runs for me? PM me for more info if so. Thanks!

GivePulse profile picture of Joseph De Leon Joseph De Leon  3 years ago
Hi Parker, thanks for posting, but unfortunately, I'm probably the only one who sees this. That's because of the way the GivePulse notification system is set up. I recommend posting this on the Facebook group Please unregister from the runs and we'll do our best to find someone to cover. Thanks for all you do!

Yvonne Johnson wrote on September 22nd, 2014

I attended Give Pulse User feedback today and I learned much more. I had not been using this format here for messages and I had not been using the search for opportunities within the KAF group. I have been getting email from give pulse about events, but I did not remember getting messages from this wall to my email account probably because there have been so few.

GivePulse profile picture of Joseph De Leon Joseph De Leon  3 years ago
It was good seeing you at the GivePulse Feedback event, Yvonne. KAF members don't currently get notifications when someone posts to the wall because we're worried about information overload. When you post something, I'm the only one notified, but anyone who looks at the wall will see the message. Anyone who posts a message will be notified when someone posts a response. George and James (the GivePulse developers) plan to eventually roll out a more robust notification system, but for now, we'll simply have to visit the wall to see these messages.

Sherry Stephens wrote on September 5th, 2014

Could someone please do my Contigo gig this Sunday? It's a 3:15 to 3:45 pick-up, with drop-off at Outcry in the Barrio.

Tammy Heinz wrote on August 8th, 2014

Where do I find the orientation schedule?

GivePulse profile picture of Joseph De Leon Joseph De Leon  3 years ago
Good question, Tammy. In previous months we had in-person trainings once a month, usually around the 3rd weekend or so. We published those orientations as events to make it easy to sign up. For August we were unable to schedule any in-person orientations, but have offered a few phone orientations. We don't yet have a system in place for signing up for phone orientations, but will soon. Please stay in touch with volunteer coordinator Adeana Reveles and be on the lookout for updates here in GivePulse or via e-mail. Please let me know what else you need and thanks for your interest in helping Keep Austin Fed!
GivePulse profile picture of Joseph De Leon Joseph De Leon  3 years ago
We'll soon add an "open event" for prospective volunteers to sign up for orientation. Open events are not date specific and allow a large number of people to sign up for a task, which our volunteer coordinator Adeana will use to schedule phone orientations. Please let me know if you have any questions -- we're looking forward to getting you on board with Keep Austin Fed!