The Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB) partners with over 300 organizations across Central Texas to provide immediate food access as well as resources for Central Texans to access nutritious and affordable food on their own including benefits assistance and referrals, nutrition and garden education, and culinary training. In 2023, CTFB launched the Central Texas Food System Dashboard in partnership with the City of Austin Office of Sustainability and other key partners and stakeholders to re-imagine the Central Texas Food System and use data to drive improvement and regional change. In 2023, CTFB also launched food system community needs assessments to elevate community voice in driving food system and charitable food response solutions.
The Healthy Food Access Portal provides a great deal of information to support planning and implementation of policies, programs, and projects aimed at improving access to healthy foods. Using the map tool, you can see the geographic distribution of the following for Travis County: farmers markets, locations accepting SNAP, grocery retail locations, limited supermarket access areas, low income and low access tracts, etc.
Austin’s Office of Sustainability conducted the Food Environment Analysis. The analysis was used to identify and map proximity to healthy food retail sites, household income, mobility, and healthy food availability in the Austin area. The study identifies Healthy Food Priority Areas to enhance access to healthy foods.
The Sustainable Food Center’s Grow Local initiative provides resources to help residents grow their own food. The Farm Direct program connects local farmers with schools, urban residents, institutional food service operations worksites, and shoppers through a network of Farmers’ Markets that also accept SNAP, WIC and Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program, and issue Sustainable Food Center Double Dollars benefits for all three.