Hundreds of volunteers from Austin's tech industry are calling attention to food insecurity in the city by donating their time to food-based nonprofits this week.
A study published in 2016 found that one in four households in Austin are considered food insecure, meaning families have trouble keeping nutritious food on the table. When Dr. Raj Patel ran those numbers by other food experts, they told him it sounded about right.
"That's the tragedy!" said Patel, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs. "That we can live in a city with this kind of food culture and experts will nod their heads and say, 'Yeah, 25 percent, that's about par for the course.'"