The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted the Latino and immigrant community financially, and many families are unable to cover their basic needs. In response, El Buen is currently sourcing more than to 6,000 pounds of food donations weekly from the Central Texas Food Bank, local partners, and individual donors in order to provide access to the healthy, high-quality nutrition that so many in our community need. On pantry service days, we provide bags of dry food like bread, cereal, rice, beans, and canned goods, as well as bags of fresh food like greens, fruits, root vegetables, milk, and eggs at no cost to each family, often depleting our pantry stock within the first hour and a half of service. When donated, we also provide diapers, pet food, and basic needs like toilet paper.
Since establishing our emergency food pantry operations on March 13, El Buen has provided more than 120,000 pounds of food to more than 5,000 families in Austin. Before COVID-19, El Buen’s pantry served about 100 families per week. Currently, we are serving more than 450 families per week, and in the past three months have received more pantry visits than we normally would in three years.
Your donations enable El Buen to stay flexible as we work to address the most urgent needs for families in Austin. Every dollar counts -- please give today.