Each year, Urban Roots donates 40% of our harvest to local soup kitchens and food pantries. What’s more, youth Farm Interns work at these same organizations to learn first hand about hunger and food access issues in Austin. In the 2015-2016 program year, Urban Roots donated over 11,000 lb. of produce to local hunger relief agencies.
Urban Roots is currently accepting new Hunger Relief Partners for the 2016-2017 Program Year (Aug. 2016-July 2017). If your organization is interested in receiving donations of farm produce on a routine basis, please complete the Hunger Relief Partner Application.
For interest in a donation of our farm produce for special events or other one-time occurrences, please complete the Produce Donation Request Form.
2016-2017 Hunger Relief Partners
ASA is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the Austin Area. ASA provides direct care, case management, nutrition supplementation, and much more to people in the Austin area affected by HIV and AIDS. Through the Q Austin and Women Rising Project, ASA helps to build safe community spaces for at-risk and HIV-positive people.
The Helping Hands Food Bank strives to bring healthy, nutritious and diverse food to our clients who are living with HIV/AIDS. Through our partnership with Urban Roots, we are able to offer our clients produce that they would otherwise never try or access at the grocery store. With the donated items, we are able to serve approximately 200 clients per month at our Food Bank.
The Amala Foundation unites youth from all walks of life and inspires them to grow as individuals and as leaders in service to humanity. One of the ways they do this is through their Global Youth Peace Summit (GYPS). Urban Roots has been a partner and supporter of GYPS since 2009, providing produce to feed 70+ youth and nearly 100 volunteers. Urban Roots has also conducted workshops at the Summit and each year, 4-6 Urban Roots youth participate in the week-long experience.
Caritas of Austin serves thousands of families and individuals each year through housing, food, education, and employment services as they move out of poverty and homelessness toward self-sufficiency. Caritas of Austin uses donated Urban Roots produce in its Community Kitchen and Pantry. Caritas’ Community Kitchen serves a free lunch to over 300 individuals in need of a meal each day. Caritas’ Pantry provides more than 43,000 grocery meals each year to families and individuals in need.
Casa Marianella offers emergency housing for adult immigrants and transitional shelter for women and children escaping violence. Through case management, ESL courses, and a Community Education Center, clients are able to address the underlying problems before moving to more permanent housing.
Manos de Cristo empowers low-income individuals with a loving hand of assistance and welcomes all regardless of age, gender, race, or religious preference. Inspired by the Christian ideals of service and compassion, Manos promotes dignity and self-reliance by providing essential oral care, furthering educational development, and meeting basic needs with food and clothing. Manos de Cristo distributes produce from Urban Roots through our Basic Needs and Adult Education programs. The organization serves approximately 50 families each week with food and clothing. The Adult Education program provides English as a Second Language, Computer Literacy, Spanish Literacy and Citizenship preparation to about 100 students each week.
Meals on Wheels and More began in 1972 as an East Austin-based, grassroots organization staffed by only eight volunteers. Together, they cooked and delivered meals to 29 homebound seniors three times a week. Meals on Wheels and More still provides hot, nutritious home-delivered meals to those in need, as well as a wide array of other life-sustaining services designed to keep clients living independently. Today, nearly 5,000 persons in need receive services with the help of more than 7,000 volunteers. In becoming a Hunger Relief partner with Urban Roots, Meals on Wheels and More is also able to provide clients with fresh, locally grown produce, a resource that is often hard to come by for the homebound.
Neighbor 2 Neighbor is a program dedicated to providing food and assistance to low-income residents living in east Austin. The initiative also includes short seminars on subjects such as high blood pressure, diabetes, healthy eating, and other issues affecting area residents. Donations from the Capital Area Food Bank, local grocery stores, the Neighbor 2 Neighbor community garden, and area farms, such as Urban Roots, are distributed at Neighbor 2 Neighbor meetings twice a month.
Serafina is a community service organization dedicated to make the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities healthier and happier. We operate a pantry at the RBJ residential tower, where we serve bread and vegetables twice a week, and also the HOPE pantry once a month, in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank for over 180 clients. We also organize health education and arts and crafts activities to provide creative and recreational outlets as well as promote better nutrition and food use. Whether you need our services, or would like to volunteer, visit us!
TCHHS/Palm Square Community Center Food Pantry is available to provide support to Travis County residents in order to prevent and/or minimize periods of food insecurity.