Since 2004, Keep Austin Fed has been delivering healthy and consumable food that would otherwise be thrown out to Austinites in need.
"It's not rocket science. We're just taking good food from the west side of town to the east side," volunteer Ira Kaplan said. "It's only 10 miles away, but to get it those 10 miles, it takes a volunteer with a car. That's all."
About two dozen volunteers drive food around town, delivering 200 to 500 meals every other day. Kaplan usually loads up at the Snap Kitchen off 183, but he also makes pickups at weddings, bike races and the Circuit of the Americas track.
"If you look around, there's food to be gotten from any place, and there's no reason for that food to go to waste," Kaplan said. "You're not composting and you're not recycling. You're actually feeding people who need it."
Kaplan first started delivering food while volunteering at a church. He would pick up bread from a bakery and feed 200 to 300 homeless people dinner every Thursday. Now, Keep Austin Fed gives him the chance to bring meals to all kinds of people who need it.
"The greatest use of good fresh food is not to put it in a compost bin," he said. "It's to feed other people with it."