Rained out Reggae Fest might leave food bank 400,000 meals short

This is the second year that rain has cancelled part of the Austin Reggae Festival at Auditorium Shores downtown. Admission to this event is a donation to the Capital Area Food Bank, which is soliciting donations to recoup some of the loss. Photo by Deborah Sengupta Stith.
This is the second year that rain has cancelled part of the Austin Reggae Festival at Auditorium Shores downtown. Admission to this event is a donation to the Capital Area Food Bank, which is soliciting donations to recoup some of the loss. Photo by Deborah Sengupta Stith.

The Austin Reggae Festival is one of the Capital Area Food Bank’s biggest fundraisers, and for the past few years, rain cancellations have put a serious dent in the amount of money the organization can raise through it.

On Sunday, the second day of the festival was cancelled because of weather, which is about a $100,000 hit for the food bank.

The nonprofit, which serves 46,000 Central Texans each week, says that’s the equivalent of 400,000 meals.

Nearly half a million meals isn’t a small number. The food bank is asking the community — no matter if they were planning to attend the festival — to make donations to help make up some of that loss.

You can make a donation and find out more about the Capital Area Food Bank’s mission at austinfoodbank.org.

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.com.

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