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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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! :)
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?
Yvonne Johnson wrote on March 25th, 2015
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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!
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.
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?