CAFB Board of Directors Mike Tomsu, Chair Vinson & Elkins LLP Kenneth Gladish, Ph.D. Seton Foundations Heidi Baschnagel, Vice Chair National Instruments Corporation Terry G. Knighton Melissa Mitchell, Treasurer Ernst & Young Vanessa Downey-Little, Secretary City of Austin, Retired Melissa Anthony Sinn anthonyBarnum Public Relations John Cyrier Sabre Commercial, Inc. Matt Dow, Jackson Walker LLP Mark Downing, Intersil Corporation Mohamed el-Hamdi, Ph.D. Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLP Winter 2013 Joyce Mullen Dell, Inc. austinfoodbank.org Laurie Rice 3M John Sanchez Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Sheldy Starkes, MBA, PMP Booker, Starkes & Patodia, Inc. Home of the Brave Leslie Sweet HEB Grocery Company, LP Hunger impacts veterans and their families. You can help. Catherine P. Thompson Motion Computing, Inc. Hunger, First Hand Jason Thurman PlainsCapital Bank After turning to a food pantry in their time of need, this Taylor, TX family gives back. Mark J. Williams Feedback? Questions, comments, suggestions? Change of address? Receiving duplicate copies. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Read it online Download & subscribe to CAFB publications at austinfoodbank.org Subscribe to our blog blog.austinfoodbank.org Our Mission: To nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. Your gift means twice as much this holiday season. When I read or hear a story like Sylvia’s, it really brings home for me what local struggling families are facing, not just this holiday season, but every day. Without help, the challenges faced by these families can seem overwhelming, but no one’s holidays should be hungry. Distributing food to soup kitchens and food pantries lets us be a helping hand for these families right in their own communities. The holiday season is supposed to be full of joy and it should be a special time of year for all of us to come together, either as families or as a community. The food we distribute helps spread a little joy for families like Sylvia’s. This is the time of year when we reflect on the ways we give back to our community, and you’ve given back a lot. Meals are gifts that change people’s lives, and your support will allow the Food Bank to distribute more than 20 million meals this year. As a veteran, Sylvia’s story is close to my heart. During the time I served, I can’t recall my fellow enlistees needing to access food to make ends meet but times and economic situations change. The men and women in our military today make this country a safer place for all of us to live and to see uniformed soldiers in line at one of our food pantries is just not acceptable and as a nation, we should be ashamed. With your continued support, all the families we serve will have happy, healthy, hunger-free holidays. ‘Tis the Season This holiday season, you can make a difference in the lives of people experiencing hunger. Hank Perret President & CEO $1 = $2, thanks to the Beaumont Foundation matching gift challenge. Rise to the challenge. Visit austinfoodbank.org/donate to learn more. Highest Charity Rating Member 8201 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78745 | (512).282.2111 Color printing generously donated by Ginny’s Printing, Inc. Your gift has double the impact this holiday season. Details inside.