Nearly 10,000 food items were donated by schools and community organizations as part of state Rep. LaShawn Ford’s (8th) Austin food drive. “With the holiday season in full gear, we are so grateful for the overwhelming response from the community…”said Ford (pictured), in a statement released by his office on Tuesday. All of the items will be given to the Columbus Park Food Pantry. Austin Weekly News will have additional coverage in the upcoming weeks.