Austin Giving Back

Eat Soup and Help the Homeless in January

January is National Soup Month!

Besides just eating the delicious culinary creation, in Austin there is a great way to give back, too.

PhoNatic, a casual Vietnamese restaurant, is hosting a monthlong fundraiser for Mobile Loaves & Fishes, an Austin-based nonprofit dedicated to providing food, clothing, toiletries and more to homeless men and women.

PhoNatic’s National Soup Month fundraiser will have two parts. During the month of January:

  1. cf-micro-home-goodness-flagPhoNatic has pledged to donate $1 to Mobile Loaves & Fishes every time a guest tags a photo of their pho with #SoupPhoAll on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook.
  1. PhoNatic is offering guests a free fountain drink each time they bring unopened, travel-sized toiletries to any PhoNatic location for Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ survival packs. Acceptable travel-sized toiletries include shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, toothpaste and deodorant.

In-kind toiletry donations can also be made at all five PhoNatic locations:

  1. Cedar Park: 1468 E. Whitestone Blvd, Suite 200
  2. Mueller: 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Suite 1460
  3. Northcross: 2525 W. Anderson Ln, Bldg 3, Suite 280
  4. Round Rock: 200 University Blvd, Suite 530
  5. Southpark Meadows: 9900 S IH 35, Suite P500

Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a social outreach ministry that empowers communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. The organization has been serving in Central Texas since 1998, and its food truck ministry operates 7 nights a week, 365 days a year delivering food, hygiene products and other life-sustaining items to our homeless neighbors. With the support of more than 19,000 volunteers and over 5 million meals served, Mobile Loaves & Fishes is the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless and working poor in Austin, Texas.



About the author

Shelley Seale

Shelley Seale is a freelance journalist and author in Austin who has written for National Geographic, USA Today, EAT Magazine, TravelFinder, The Guardian and Texas Monthly, among others. She loves food, travel, yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. Shelley has performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, she doesn’t know how to whistle.


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