Each year, Urban Roots sets aside 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 Interns volunteer at these same organizations to learn first-hand about hunger and food access issues in Austin while discovering their own ability to make a difference. In the 2020-2021 program year, Urban Roots donated over 20,000 pounds of produce back to the Austin community!
AIDS Services of Austin (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. The Helping Hands Food Bank strives to bring healthy, nutritious and diverse food to their clients who are living with HIV/AIDS. Through their partnership with Urban Roots, they are able to offer clients produce that they would otherwise never try or access at the grocery store. With the donated items, they are able to serve approximately 200 clients per month.
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.
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.
Meals on Wheels and More began in 1972 as an East Austin-based, grassroots organization staffed by only eight volunteers to cook and deliver 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 making the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities healthier and happier. They operate a pantry at the RBJ residential tower, where they 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.
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.