Healthy food is a big part of health.
Today, 1 in 4 Austin households struggle to keep food on the table. The Spirit Food Fund, launched by Spirit Golf Association, is uniting Central Texans in support of University of Texas at Austin and Dell Medical School faculty, student and community partnerships that provide food for our neighbors in need — during the COVID-19 crisis and after.
Delivering groceries to neighbors in need
During the COVID-19 crisis, going to the grocery store or food bank is risky when if you are over 55 years old or have a compromised immune system.
The Spirit Food Fund supports the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” initiative, an emergency grocery delivery service that helps protect our community’s most vulnerable. Anyone in need of food assistance who is 55 or older or has an underlying health condition can fill out an application, and our partners at Good Apple will deliver free grocery staples and fresh produce straight to their door.
You can help us expand these services today. Your gift of any size to the Spirit Food Fund advances our work to:
- Provide nutritious food for people in need
- Encourage social distancing in high-risk groups
- Create job opportunities for workers affected by the pandemic
Gifts by check may be made out to The University of Texas at Austin with “Dell Medical School – Spirit Food Fund” in the memo line and mailed to UT Austin Gift Processing at P.O. Box 7458 Austin, TX 78713.
Our community of supporters is one of our most important partners in this work. We are proud to kick off the Spirit Food Fund with a generous lead gift from the Cullen Trust for Higher Education.
Through the generosity of our community, our team has delivered over 500,000 pounds of fresh food and grocery staples to nearly 16,000 people who are 55+ or immunocompromised. Your gift will help us continue to serve thousands of our Central Texas neighbors in need.
Good Apple was founded by Dell Med student Zack Timmons and Dr. Michael Hole, an assistant professor at Dell Med and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. For each subscriber who purchases a box of local organic produce, Good Apple supplies a free box to a family in need. The idea for Good Apple came while Timmons was Hole’s student in an LBJ School course on entrepreneurship for civic impact, Solutions for America’s Children in Poverty. Good Apple was developed through the new innovation hub Financial Health Studios, a collaboration between Dell Med and the LBJ School that seeks to improve the physical and mental health of people with low and moderate income.
Many thanks to our produce, grocery and transportation partners at Hope Food Pantry, the Austin Transportation Department, Capital Metro, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Gundermann Acres and G&S Groves.
The following volunteers and University of Texas at Austin students have played a part in making this initiative possible: Gabriel Breternitz, Becca Daen, Lee Fuentes, Karen Haney, Garrett Johnson, Chelsey and Michael Measom, Sal Tijerina, Madison Weigand and Alex Wright.
Photos courtesy of Good Apple and Lynne Dobson.