AUSTIN, Texas – There are numerous ways to lend a helping hand to those in need this Thanksgiving in the Austin-area.

Central Texas Food Bank: Volunteers can sort food donations to prepare to ship off to hungry families in 21 Texas counties.

Family Give Back Day: On November 17, families can join together for the city-wide event to take part in projects in different service areas including animal welfare, environment, helping senior citizens, health, and wellness.

Austin Empty Bowl Project: On November 18, this event combines food, art and community service to address the hunger problems among Central Texas children. Attendees can buy a handmade bowl for $20 and a local eatery will fill it with soup.

Thundercloud Turkey Trot: On Thanksgiving day, the Turkey Trot will kick off to benefit Caritas of Austin, which works to ends homelessness in the city. Volunteers can help with the event or participate in the 5-mile run.

H-E-B Feast of Sharing: On November 20, 1,400 volunteers will help serve 14,000 meals to the hungry in Austin. The event needs people to plate food, serve food, do crafts with children, and other tasks.