Michael Fojtasek, executive chef and owner of Olamaie, is joining forces with Feed the Children and The Salvation Army Austin in Rathgeber Village to provide food and essentials to 400 families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at The Salvation Army Austin Area Command in Rathgeber Village, 4700 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78723.

Each participating family, pre-identified by The Salvation Army, will receive a 25-pound box of food such as canned vegetables, peanut butter and macaroni and cheese; a 10-pound box of personal-care items such as shampoo, razors and toothpaste; and additional products.

"The Olamaie team is proud to continue our work to fight childhood hunger, this time, in partnership with Feed the Children,” Fojtasek said. “Knowing that we will have a direct impact on the Austin community is very exciting."

Funds for this event were raised during a special event at Olamaie in 2018.

“We recognize hunger can’t be fought alone, but by working together, we can provide food and essentials to millions of children and families who live in poverty,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. “Hope for a better future is made possible thanks to our partners like Chef Fojtasek and The Salvation Army.”

In Austin alone, more than 10 percent of resident live below the poverty line. Often, these children and families are unsure of where they will find their next meal.

“There are many struggling families in our community who have to make the difficult decision of paying rent or providing sufficient meals to their children. We are very excited to be partnering with Feed the Children to address this issue,” said Major Andrew Kelly, The Salvation Army Austin Area Commander.

About Feed the Children

Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.

Feed the Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations and contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.