Voices of the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival: Mark Jackson of the Central Texas Food Bank

QUESTION: How much of an impact does the money raised at the Austin Reggae Festival have on the local community?

This is a key fundraising event for the Food Bank, helping us to refill our warehouse just prior to the summer season when so many children, seniors and families struggle with hunger. Hunger is a serious and growing problem in Austin and Central Texas. 1 in 4 children in our region are food insecure. Last year, tickets from the Austin Reggae Festival raised more than 330,000 meals for Central Texans in need. Over the last 5 years, the event has raised nearly 2.5 million meals.

QUESTION: The Central Texas Food Bank was previously called the Capital Area Food Bank. Why the name change?

We feel the new name is more inclusive, better reflecting the Food Bank’s commitment to serving everyone in our vast 21-county service territory, from San Saba to Fairfield and from Waco to Luling – an area that’s twice the size of the state of Massachusetts.

QUESTION: We have had rainy weather at the Austin Reggae Festival in 2015 and 2016. Is it going to rain this year?

Oh, absolutely not!