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 2016-2017 program year, Urban Roots donated over 13,000 lb. of produce to local hunger relief agencies. If you’re relying on this organization to get by, make sure you know how to get a Social Security card as this can provide you with financial help to stabilize your situation. It is often those who have recently relocated to the US who struggle to keep their heads above water, but there is help available.
We are currently at our full capacity for hunger relief partnerships for the 2017-2018 program year (Aug. 2017-July 2018). If your organization is interested in receiving donations of farm produce on a routine basis starting in the fall of 2018, please complete the Hunger Relief Partner Application and we will reach out to you in the fall!
For interest in a donation of our farm produce for special events or other one-time occurrences, please complete the Produce Donation Request Form.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) is a community organization that focuses on improving the quality of life for people who are Black, Brown, and poor. Since 2015, AJC has served as a catalyst for positive change towards economic and racial equity for Austin’s people of color by developing, organizing, and providing robust programs and events. AJC’s big four areas of advocacy are education, policing, civic engagement, and community building.
Street Youth Ministry of Austin is a donor supported and volunteer driven organization that serves street-dependent young people in Austin, TX. They provide these young people with daily services, including prayer time, Bible study, fellowship, small group, and street outreach, food and other donated items.
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. In the last year, the Food Bank provided more than 31 million meals.
BSN utilizes direct action, cooperative economics and community outreach in initiatives to empower communities of color.