Every day more than 180,000 people in Travis County don't know where their next meal will come from. With the help of local organizations and volunteers a free meal is being given out at the State Capitol thanks to Feed the 5K coming to Texas for the first time.
Volunteers spent the day in the kitchen yesterday chopping veggies and prepping food and getting ready to feed 5,000 Austinites.
Feed the 5K is a global charity raising awareness about global food waster. It says about 40% of edible food that's produced in the U.S. goes straight to the landfill.
So far the past six weeks, the organization has been rescuing thousands of pounds of food that was going to the trash and turning it into a delicious meal to share with Austin.
Recent numbers show a quarter of Austin households are food insecure which means they don't know where their next meal will come from. Experts say the rate of children food insecure is higher in Central Texas than in the country.
The event is free and open to the public. It runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the south lawn of the Capitol.