The Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB) has developed an innovative and exciting way for community members to get a monthly box of healthy, shelf-stable groceries delivered conveniently to their doorstep. This new program is spurred from collaboration with the Austin Public Health Neighborhood Services Unit (APH) and Amazon, as reported by Fox 7.
The program officially began on June 1 and debuted its delivery service that provides families with children and adults 60+ with enough food to make 25 meals. Each grocery delivered through this program is free, and APH handles screening and participant enrollment.
"One in seven Central Texans face food insecurity. Unfortunately, many of our neighbors in need simply aren’t able to get out to our food distribution sites," CTFB President and CEO Derrick Chubbs said. "That’s why we’re so excited to partner with Austin Public Health Neighborhood Services Unit and Amazon on this home delivery program. This is another great example of how we can work together as a community to fight hunger."
Although this program is set to run until the end of the year, the three partners hope to expand it to better provide veterans and Texans with disabilities with food. Additionally, they are exploring ways to extend the number of delivery days.
The goal of the program is to increase food accessibility for underprivileged community members and families. By the end of the program’s first six weeks, a total of 300 households were enrolled and 8,525 meals were delivered.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon has stepped up in a big way and became a vital asset to many community organizations and food banks. The online shopping retailer has delivered over 12 million meals to underserved families in over 25 U.S. cities and communities from various countries including Australia, Japan, and the U.K.
Families who qualify for this program must live in Travis County and be experiencing a hardship that prevents them from attending an in-person food drive.
For more information, or to determine eligibility and enroll, please visit their website.