Central Texas Food Bank receives angry letter: ‘I don’t understand who these poor folks are that need food’

The Central Texas Food Bank serves more than 40,000 people in a week, but it was one person Monday who reportedly took issue with the charity’s insistence on providing “these poor folks in need” with sustenance.

The Central Texas Food Bank located at 6500 Metropolis Dr. in east Austin, TX. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The Central Texas Food Bank located at 6500 Metropolis Dr. in east Austin, TX.

The food bank received a “disturbing” letter Monday in response to a Thanksgiving direct-mail campaign asking supporters to donate any food they had. According to Paul Gaither, the food bank’s marketing and communications director, the letter was sent using the food bank response envelope provided, but with another stamp, no return address and a fake name.

According to Giving City Austin, the letter read:

“Dear Foodbank:

I don’t understand who these poor folks are that need food. I assume they consist primarily of illegals, who came to Texas for ‘free stuff.’ And of course, our Africans, who find work too much trouble, especially when they can collect the equivalent of $40,000 a year on welfare, and other ‘benefits’ offered to the unfit, the lazy, and the under-educated… and, of course, the drug addicts.

I suspect that most who need food are marching around whining that the congenital liar, Hillary Rodham Clinton, lost the election. Too bad; how sad.

I also wonder if your organization is one of those Phoney-Baloney, so-called ‘charities,’ designed primarily to provide a good living to its organizers.

In short, no way.

Citizen Robespierre”

After the story was posted on Giving City Austin, it got shared on r/Austin, where some users posited that the letter-writer was trolling the food bank, citing the letter’s proper punctuation, over-the-top views and the fact that the real Robespierre was famous for his advocacy for the poor, as evidence.

“The lack of empathy was disturbing,” Gaither told Giving City Austin. He also said letters like the one received Monday were common, but that the negative attitude expressed “seem to be a more widespread attitude” recently.

According to Giving City Austin, the Central Texas Food Bank “serves about 46,000 people a week in 21 counties, via 250 partner agencies (like food pantries, soup kitchens), as well as through its own mobile pantries that distribute to areas where fresh food is less available for sale.” Ninety-three percent of the population the food bank serves is not homeless.

“We serve people in need and we’re not going to turn away anybody,” Gaither said.



Online list: Only one state thinks the Cowboys will win the Super Bowl

If you don’t believe in yourself, who will, right?

That seemed to be the prevailing theme in a recent poll from Sports Betting Experts that asked 10,000 NFL fans from across the country who they think will win the Super Bowl this season.

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FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2015, file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) talks to his teammates on the sideline during the first half of an NFL wildcard playoff football game against the Detroit Lions in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

Not many people voted for the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, only one state did. And that state?

Yup, you guessed it. Texas.

No stranger to standing tall in the face of adversity, Dallas Cowboys fans have suffered greatly in the last few seasons, and haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1995.

That’s not stopping the team’s die-hard fans, though.

Other interesting findings from the poll:

-11 states went to Green Bay, including Alabama.

-Tennessee is the only state outside of the Mountain time zone that picked the Denver Broncos to win it all, probably because of the state’s reverence for former Bronco and University of Tennessee Volunteer Peyton Manning.

-Ohio was the only state that chose the Bengals, because of course. And Indiana was the only state that chose the Colts. And Arizona was the lone Cardinals state.

-Oddly enough, Florida went to the New England Patriots.

View the full map below, and read the article here.


What would a Texan Air Force One look like? Gov. Abbott has an idea

Everyone knows about Air Force One, the Boeing 747 that is used to transport the president.

Everyone also knows that Texas was once its own country, and many of its residents have never forgotten that fact. Obviously, such a nation would need a plane to transport its leader around, and, this being Texas, the plane would have to proudly proclaim its Texan-ness.

FILE - In this June 3, 2015 file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shares a laugh with news reporters during a round table talk in his office at the Texas Capito in Austin, Texas. Ted Cruz won only 104 of his home state’s 155 GOP presidential delegates in the Texas primary -- but his supporters should so dominate the delegation of Texans attending the Republican National Convention that the whole thing will likely back him if a multi-round floor fight breaks out there. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE – In this June 3, 2015 file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shares a laugh with news reporters during a round table talk in his office at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

So what would a Texas Force One look like?

Clearly, it would have to include the Texas flag. And the “Don’t Mess With Texas” slogan.

Don’t worry, Governor Greg Abbott has you covered.

Gov. Abbott tweeted what appears to be a Photo-shopped design of the would-be plane Monday afternoon, with all of the above design features and more.

Many Twitter users added their take on what they would want to see on (an entirely hypothetical) Texas Force One.



Personally, we’d like to see some more of the things we love about Texas represented on the plane: Some art dedicated to Willie Nelson, and maybe some bluebonnets. And you can’t forget Lone Star, the National Beer of Texas, although endorsing alcohol on a presidential plane might be a bit murky.

Who knows, if this thing actually happens, maybe Hollywood will make a movie about it, like with “Air Force One.”


What about you? What would you want to see on a Texas Force One?

Want to make an Austinite mad? Say and do everything in this Reddit thread.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this blog incorrectly stated the location of the Chili’s at 45th and Lamar. It has since been corrected. Also, in a truly meta moment for All Ablog Austin, this post about a Reddit thread about what makes r/Austin angry was in turn posted on r/Austin, where it is currently sitting at 180 upvotes. The internet is a strange place.

Do you think it’s cool to cut in line at Franklin Barbecue? Do you refuse to pick up your dog’s poop because it’s “better for the environment”? Do you ask people how you can live somewhere trendy downtown, but only have a max of $700 to spend on rent every month?

Congrats, you just made the average Austinite mad. Or, the average Austinite redditor, that is.

Photo via Reddit/sHockz
“I love the original sayings on the El Arroyo board,” reads one post on an r/Austin thread about saying things that make Austinites angry.

In a new post on the subreddit r/Austin, user u/confused_longhorn posed the challenge: “Piss off r/Austin in one sentence.” (NSFW language at that link.)

The responses are full of sentiments that would aggravate the subscribers of r/austin as well as residents who don’t use Reddit, too.

See photos: Reddit users share knowledge about Austin

Sarcastic highlights include:

“South by’s gotten so corporate since I first went in 2012.”— u/machupichu12

“Hey Austin, Scott Elder here! . . .”— u/Llawdrin, in reference to everyone’s favorite car dealer

“My marketing firm just relocated here from SoCal, I can’t believe how affordable houses are here!”— u/xk1138

And, who could forget about r/Austin’s favorite restaurant, the Chili’s at 45th and Lamar, which was mentioned in the post as the best place to recommend to a new Austin resident.

As of this writing, the post has been gilded twice, meaning two other Reddit users deemed the post worthy of Reddit Gold, a monthly subscription service where users can access special features on the site.

So, whether you’re new to Austin or just need a refresher, consider this Reddit post a crash course in what not to do.

Got your own statement that would make any Austinite mad? Let us know in the comments!

Whataburger is now on Snapchat and wants to give away 10 years worth of burgers

For those who just can’t get enough Whataburger in their lives, fear not. The Texas-based burger chain is now on Snapchat and it’s giving away a decade of food to celebrate.

A Snapchat sent by Whataburger's corporate account on Monday, March 7, 2016. Users can snap at the company for a chance to win a decade's worth of free burgers.
A Snapchat sent by Whataburger’s corporate account on Monday, March 7, 2016. Users can snap at the company for a chance to win a decade’s worth of free burgers.


Just search for WhataburgerLife on Snapchat and then you’ll be able to find out how you can get a free Whataburger each week for 10 years. (Or you can just read about it here.) Only one person will win the coveted culinary prize. (There’s no word yet on if Whataburger will also pay for any hospital stays those burgers might cause.)

The company’s social media presence is one of the best in the restaurant industry, and the company has been great at starting Twitter wars with other brands and famous people. It was only a matter of time before the Whataburger #brand came to Snapchat.

“Whataburger’s launch into Snapchat will allow us to entertain fans, showcase the Whataburger lifestyle and, of course, highlight our delicious food,” Pam Cox, Whataburger’s vice president of corporate communications, said in the news release. “We’ve seen how popular Snapchat is among our Millennial customers, and think this social platform gives us a great chance to interact with more fans in fun, new ways.”

Whataburger recently announced that it would be bringing French fry pedicabs to South by Southwest, to the delight of late-night festgoers. If you already loved Whataburger, it seems your list of possible reasons keeps growing by the week.