Hope Volunteers distribute groceries weekly. We also collaborate with other services to increase our outreach. Our goal is to not only provide a resource to Austin families but also help build relationships within the community.
Hope Food Pantry Austin is a partner agency with Central Texas Food Bank and uses its position to collaborate with community partners to help alleviate hunger in the Austin community. The following are ways we meet our mission:
Weekly Distribution: Families are eligible to receive our services by 1) having an annual income at or below 185% of federal poverty level, 2) currently receiving some form of government assistance (e.g., SNAP), or 3) are currently in a crisis requiring emergency food assistance.
New!! Senior Food Delivery Initiative (ongoing): In August of 2020, Hope Food Pantry Austin and Drive A Senior – West combined their services together to deliver groceries to their clients.
Grocery Store Gift Card Program In lieu of our Backpack program Hope will be providing gift cards to AISD LMHP staff for distribution during their porch visits.
Food Rescue Program: We help keep perfectly fine food from going into the landfill and provide clients with fresh food options. Each week, we pick up food from Natural Grocers, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Pepperidge Farm.
Stay Home, Stay Healthy Initiative during Covid-19 Crisis (ran from March – June): Hope Food Pantry Austin and Good Apple, LLC came together to provide home grocery deliveries to seniors and to those with underlying health issues.
Programs temporarily on hold due to Covid-19:
Backpack Program: We fill and deliver 100 bags with food for five AISD at risk elementary campuses. Counselors give them to the kids before they head home for the weekend. We have had many counselors say that giving out the bags of food is the best part of their job.
Hope Closet Program: This program allows clients to shop and receive much needed clothes while waiting for their food. Think food bank but for clothing! It is available on the days when we distribute food.
Children’s Library Program: This provides the grade school children, who come in with their families, with a selection of books to take home every month they come.