Each day, children and families throughout our community wonder where their next meal will come from. In the summer, when children can no longer access free lunches at school, the need for healthy foods is exceptional and 80% of all children enrolled in Bastrop ISD are on free or reduced lunch.
With limited resources and little hope, families turn to cheap, fast-food options or simply go without. Many low-income residents in our community live in rural pockets, where access to grocery stores, Austin-based nonprofits, and other support services is incredibly limited. No child in Bastrop should go to bed hungry.
4,790 children in our community face food insecurity and many others face obesity and disease from malnutrition.
The Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry seeks to eliminate hunger and poverty in Bastrop County by addressing immediate nutrition needs of families, and also providing ongoing support services so they can escape the cycle of poverty, improve their living situations, and become thriving members of our community.
We have seen a dramatic increase in demand for expanded programs and service hours, particularly among the elderly, disabled, and youth in Bastrop.
To ensure success, we don’t just provide emergency assistance; we provide case management and educational programs to put our clients on the path to self-sufficiency.
This month, your Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry will celebrate our 30th anniversary, and we are needed now more than ever.
Last year, we distributed 323,412 pounds of food to rural families throughout Bastrop County, and with your help, we can do more. This year we’ve provided 74 educational and wellness classes and increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables by 30% over 2016.
These expanded services have stretched our budget. Your help will ensure that we keep our doors open to help low-income families with the food, nutrition, and emergency assistance they need to get back on their feet. Just $10 can provide a meal for families in need.
Please join us in the fight against hunger and make a donation today by returning the enclosed envelope or by making a gift at www.bastropfoodpantry.org/donate
Executive Director, Bastrop Food Pantry512-303-0033,