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.

View 2017 Food Bank Calendar

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. 

History

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).

Contact

For information on the Food Bank, please contact Caitlin Simmons, Food and Nutrition Services Manager (caitlinsimmons@asaustin.org or 512-406-6165) or Jen Searight, Food Bank Coordinator (jennifer.searight@asaustin.org or 512-406-6163).

Interested in volunteering? Reach out to Megan Satterfield, Volunteer Manager (megan.satterfield@asaustin.org or 512-406-6417). You can also fill out the volunteer form online!

 Food Bank Donations

Interested in donating items to the Food Bank? See below!

Canned Items

  • Tuna
  • Canned beans (low sodium)
  • Dry beans (all varieties)
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Dry Goods
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole Grain Cereals
  • Rice (white or brown)
  • Pasta/Spaghetti
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canola Oil and Olive Oil

Please note that expired food and dented cans that could pose a threat to client health are not distributed in the food bank.

Hygiene

  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes (soft)
  • Body Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Bar Soap
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Disposable Razors and Shaving Cream
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (pads only)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Garbage Bags

Lightly scented or non-scented items are best for our clients.