Austin’s Homeless Shelter Partners with Food Bank for Healthier Meals

Austin’s Homeless Shelter Partners with Food Bank for Healthier Meals

The City of Austin’s Homeless Strategy Office, in collaboration with Endeavors and the Central Texas Food Bank, has announced a groundbreaking partnership aimed at providing healthier and nutritious meals at the Marshalling Yard Emergency Shelter.

Under the agreement, the Central Texas Food Bank will deliver three meals each day to the shelter five days a week, meeting the United States Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines. The meals will cater to various dietary restrictions while ensuring a balanced diet.

David Gray, City of Austin Homeless Strategy Officer, emphasized the significance of the partnership, stating, “This partnership represents a pivotal moment in our collective dedication to holistic and compassionate care for our clients.”

The partnership aims to provide not just sustenance but nourishment for long-term well-being. It will incorporate best practices in dietary health and nutritional education by offering a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins in daily menus.

Sari Vatske, President and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank, highlighted the importance of nutrition in overall health, stating, “The nutritious and diverse menus are intended to foster a sense of dignity and contribute to the holistic well-being of those we’re serving.”

This collaboration ensures efficient utilization of resources, strengthening the local service community and reinvesting funds into Austin’s economy. The Marshalling Yard Emergency Shelter, serving up to 300 clients daily, provides not only meals but also access to hygiene facilities, medical care, case management, transportation, and social enrichment, 24/7.

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