Austin Community College District (ACC), along with community partners, has distributed more than half a million pounds of food to 6,504 households, or 26,022 food-insecure individuals, during the 2020-21 academic year through regular drive-through food distributions.
“ACC, along with local community partners, continues to provide regular emergency food distributions across the district to food-insecure students and community members,” says Steven Christopher, ACC associate vice president for Student Accessibility & Social Support Resources (SASSR). “The SASSR team is working with other stakeholders to develop longer-term solutions to address student food insecurity. They include increasing access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other food access programs, and developing healthy and nutritious food and meal options for students while on campus.”
ACC started partnering with local nonprofit organizations in May 2020 to safely provide access to food through no-touch, primarily drive-thru, distributions at ACC campuses. Since then, a total of 704,758 pounds of food to 10,451 households, or 42,206 individuals, has been distributed on ACC campuses.
The college continues to partner with these organizations and currently hosts five mobile distributions with community partners at four campuses across the district each month, including:
- Cypress Creek Campus | Hill Country Community Ministries’ Fresh Food for All
- Hays Campus | Central Texas Food Bank
- Riverside Campus | Central Texas Food Bank
- San Gabriel Campus | Hill Country Community Ministries’ Fresh Food for All
In November 2020, ACC also partnered with Hays County Food Bank to give out turkeys and fixings to 564 households, or 2,200 individuals, and plans to do the same again this year.
Find upcoming food distribution information including volunteer opportunities here.
See the slideshow below for a selection of photos from food distributions this year.