ASA’s Helping Hands Food Bank empowers people living with HIV and AIDS to manage their health through a nutritious diet that is custom tailored to their unique needs.
Calendarios por el banco de alimentos en español: 2017
What We Do
The Helping Hands Food Bank grocery program provides nutritionally sound food choices to our clients. Food Bank staff, along with our registered dietitian, offers products such as seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs, whole grains and cereals, foods high in protein, dairy products, nuts, and dried fruits. The Helping Hands Food Bank’s model allows for client choice–each individual chooses the products they would like. Everything a client receives is an item they have selected.
Beyond food, this program offers personal and household hygiene items. Providing these costly products helps to offset the limited income of clients. The grocery program serves 450 individuals annually.
The Food Bank is a supplemental program–it is meant to complement other food sources. Speaking of food sources, we receive quite a bit of food from the Central Texas Food Bank. We purchase other items, particularly meats and produce, at retail. We are also able to provide local produce thanks to the Urban Roots youth development program. Clients must go through their case manager to determine eligibility for the Food Bank.
Early in the AIDS epidemic, the need for supplemental food assistance was urgent. Our Food Bank started small–distribution began out of a car trunk. Volunteers were instrumental in raising necessary resources through garage sales, bake sales and food drives–mainly at area churches and businesses. Today, the Food Bank is a substantial bi-weekly operation, but remains highly dependent on volunteer support (they gave over 4000 hours in 2015).
For information on the Food Bank, please contact Caitlin Simmons, Food and Nutrition Services Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-406-6165) or Jen Searight, Food Bank Coordinator (email@example.com or 512-406-6163).
Food Bank Donations
Interested in donating items to the Food Bank? See below!
Please note that expired food and dented cans that could pose a threat to client health are not distributed in the food bank.
Lightly scented or non-scented items are best for our clients.