Each year, Urban Roots dedicates at least 75% of our harvest for food access projects and donations to local food banks, community kitchens, and other organizations supporting food justice in Austin. What’s more, our youth leaders volunteer at these same organizations to learn first-hand about hunger and food access issues in Central Texas while discovering their own ability to make a difference. In the 2021-2022 program year, Urban Roots distributed over 24,000 pounds of produce back to the Austin community!
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.
The Central Texas Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas. A leader in the fight against hunger for nearly 35 years, their mission is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger. They provide food and grocery products to more than 300 Partner Agencies in 21 Central Texas counties.
Farmshare Austin’s mission is to grow a healthy, just and equitable local food system by increasing community food access and cultivating new farmers. They envision a future of resilient local food economies that ensures equitable access to food and to the resources needed to farm. Farmshare Austin builds bridges between the produce grown on our 10-acre certified organic farm in Eastern Travis County and food access programs reaching food insecure communities in Central Texas.
Foundation Communities is a local, homegrown nonprofit. We provide affordable, attractive homes and free on-site support services for thousands of families with kids, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. We offer an innovative, proven model that empowers our residents and neighbors to achieve educational success, financial stability, and healthier lifestyles. We own and operate 23 communities all over Austin and three in North Texas.
Ghisallo Cycling Initiative is authentic, dedicated, and resourceful. They lead with integrity and intent. Their mission is to enable historically underserved populations to access their interests by bicycle. They envision a community of comfortable and confident lifelong riders. Ghisallo Cycling Initiative sees a future in which all ages and abilities can explore and connect with their communities by bicycle, and all have access to bikes at an affordable cost.
GAVA is a coalition of neighbors and community partners breaking down barriers to healthy living and strengthening neighborhood stability in Austin’s Eastern Crescent (Dove Springs, South Austin, the Rundberg area and St. Johns neighborhood).
Keep Austin Fed’s mission is to reduce hunger and help the environment by connecting surplus food with our neighbors in need. Today their volunteers rescue thousands of meals each month, feeding hundreds of our neighbors living with food insecurity, and putting a dent in the amount of food in the U.S. that ends up in a landfill and produces harmful methane gas.
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 their Basic Needs and Adult Education programs. The organization serves approximately 50 families each week with food and clothing.
Out Youth offers youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities a place where they are loved, acknowledged, and accepted for exactly who they are. Out Youth promotes the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of sexual and gender minority youth so that they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities.
Street Youth Ministry of Austin is a volunteer driven organization that serves street-dependent young people in Austin. They provide these young people with daily services, including prayer time, Bible study, fellowship, small group, and street outreach, food and other donated items.
Sunday Lunchbox (SL) is a 501(c)3 organization serving the Austin community by providing nutritious and community inspired food for those most underserved by our food system in Austin.
Vivent Health was founded on the combined expertise of AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Rocky Mountain CARES, St. Louis Effort for AIDS and AIDS Services of Austin. Vivent Health has since grown into other regions as we collectively work toward a world without AIDS. They are committed to being a respectful, caring partner serving everyone affected by HIV through our comprehensive, integrated prevention, care and treatment programs.