Community Development CommissionJune 11, 2024

Item6-Central Texas Food Bank - Home Delivery Program — original pdf

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Central Texas Food Bank: Home Delivery Program Prepared for: City of Austin Community Development Commission Presented by: Juliana Gonzales, Vice President of Client Programs and Services, Central Texas Food Bank June 11, 2024 ABOUT CTFB 40 YEARS serving 21 counties across Central Texas 70,000 Individuals served each week 53 MILLION MEALS provided in FY23 through Food Distribution and SNAP assistance 100,000 Volunteer hours each year CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD INSECURITY BY THE NUMBERS • ? 14.3% of Central Texas is food insecure, with 458,382 not knowing from where they will get their next meal • 143,498 are children • 61,573 are older adults • $3.52 is the average cost of a meal in CTFB’s service area • Total food budget shortfall is $285 million or 81 million meals. (CTFB and its network closed 52.6M of this shortfall in FY23.) *CTFB’s service area includes: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gillespie, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Milam, Mills, San Saba, Travis, and Williamson counties TERMINOLOGY FOOD BANK ≠ FOOD PANTRY OR SOUP KITCHEN A food bank is a central source and clearinghouse for rescued product with a logistics and redistribution component. Food banks are also responsible for the equitable and safe allocation of food and grocery product. A food pantry or soup kitchen obtains food from a food bank and provides individuals with food, either in the form of groceries, or prepared meals. There is no sub-distribution or major logistics component. Central Texas Food Bank works with a network of over 250 food pantries/soup kitchens. • Central Texas Food Bank is a member of the Feeding America Network, which is comprised of 200 food banks throughout the United States. We are the sole Feeding America food bank in Central Texas, serving 21 counties • Feeding Texas is the state association for Feeding America food banks in the state of Texas. CTFB is one of 20 food banks in the Feeding Texas network, serving about 10% of Texas’ food insecure population OUR ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY NOURISH Providing immediate access to nutritious food. INNOVATE Develop and harness data and technology to inform community solutions and investments in programs. CONVENE Bring together community stakeholders and members to elevate the neighbor voice and advocate for equitable food access outcomes. EMPOWER Provide the community and neighbors with the resources, education and technical assistance necessary for equitable access to food outside of the charitable response. FLOW OF FOOD Source food Central Texas Food Bank Agencies, Pantry, Programs, Social Services Neighbors in need FOOD INDUSTRY 23M pounds from 243 retail stores 16.7M pounds through gov’t commodity programs 1.3M pounds from 19 manufacturers 1.3M pounds from 11 growers 20M pounds from 59 distributors 3,146 pounds from 4 restaurants/hospitality partners 2M pounds from 52 food drive partners In FY23, we sourced over 64M pounds of food FOOD TRANSPORTED AND WAREHOUSED FACILITY FLEET 135,000 sq. ft. • • Over 35,000 square feet of cooler and freezer space • • • 4,200 square foot Commercial Kitchen 15 loading docks 7,060 pallets, 3184 of which are refrigerator and freezer • 25+ box trucks and tractors • All units have real-time GPS monitoring PROGRAMS AND SERVICES Children Older Adults Families Health and Wellness • After School • CSFP – Senior • Mobile Pantry + • Nutrition and Meals • Back Pack • NSLP • Summer Meals • Kids Cafe • School Pantries* • College Pantries* Food Box Program • HOPE – Healthy Options for the Elderly Food Fairs* • Partner Agency Network (groceries and meal service) • Home Delivery Garden Education • Mobile FARMacy • Healthcare Pantries* • Military Pantries* • Food is Medicine Initiatives, including Medically Tailored Meals* *More coming soon! Empowerment • State Benefits Assistance • Helpline • Referral Partner Program • Onsite Pantry • Workforce Training (Culinary and Warehouse) • Employment Resources ADVOCACY Federal Priorities State Priorities Local Priorities • Farm Bill • TEFAP • SNAP • CSFP • Child Nutrition • SFSP • School meals • Military Hunger • NDAA • Veterans • 88th Legislative Session • Surplus Agricultural Products Grant • Vehicle Asset Test – SNAP • Re-entry • Key Agencies • Dept. of Agriculture • HHSC • TDEM • Emergency Management and Response • Agricultural Production • Workforce Training LEARN MORE: STATE OF THE FOOD INDUSTRY US HOUSEHOLD FOOD INSECURITY (2022) • Total Population: – 12.8% of households (44.2M) – 31% increase from 2021 • Children: – 1 in 5 children (13M) – 44% increase from 2021 • Highest rates and numbers since 2014; largest one-year increase since 2008 F.R.E.S.H. STRATEGY Central Texas Food Bank’s Vision: Every Central Texan has equitable access to nutritious food. Two Approaches: 1. 2. Providing immediate access to nutritious food, and (Downstream Charitable Response) Providing the resources necessary for all Central Texans to access food on their own. (Upstream Food System Work) F: Food Access (Distribution and Systems) R: Research E: Economic Stability S: Sustainability (Environmental + Long-term Viability) H: Health (Food is Medicine) *Central Texas Food Bank considers access to food a result of and not a part of a thriving food system. Conversely, lack of access to food and the need for charitable solutions is a result of a broken food system. INVESTING IN FOOD GATEWAYS AGRICULTURE RETAIL CULINARY FOOD IS MEDICINE HOME DELIVERY HOME DELIVERY: CURRENT STATE Current Funding • Travis County ARPA funds – June 2021 through Sept 2024 Program Eligibility • Travis County resident with transportation barriers to food access – Families with children (0-17) – Older adults (age 60+) – Veterans/Active Military – Individuals with a disability Current Enrollment • 2,350 Travis County residents per month • Household receives a box of 30 lbs of shelf-stable food PROGRAM LOGISTICS • Travis County: Austin Public Health, running out of Rosewood-Zaragosa Neighborhood Center, provides caseload management assistance. Applicants are screened, enrolled in the program and assigned a delivery day/week for their recurring monthly delivery. Rosewood-Zaragosa also provides space for boxes to be stored so Amazon Flex drivers can pick them up to deliver. • Central Texas Food Bank enrolls residents and provides the grocery items, packages them, and connects the enrolled participants with Amazon to provide the deliveries. CTFB submits delivery requests to Amazon and delivers the food boxes to the neighborhood center for pickup. • Amazon routes the deliveries, recruits and schedules drivers, and picks up the food packages from Austin Public Health to then deliver door-to-door to participants. HOME DELIVERY: FEEDBACK 89% are satisfied with their overall experience. 71% are satisfied with the variety of food offered in the program. 90% agree that the program helped meet their immediate hunger/food needs. 75% reported a positive impact on their health. HOME DELIVERY: FUTURE STATE Goal: Evolve from Food Access program to Health-Focused Food Access program. Funding • October 2024 – funding from City of Austin / Austin Public Health Program Eligibility • Refine program eligibility (with no impact to current enrollees) Program Details • Add nutritious produce to monthly delivery • Move from Amazon Flex to Amazon trucks – Allows for better tracking of packages – Pick up from CTFB so does not require using space at the neighbored center