Williamson County residents facing food insecurity may now be eligible to have free food items delivered directly to their homes, the Central Texas Food Bank announced May 26.
“There are a lot of people who simply aren’t able to get out to those distribution sites,” said Paul Gaither, Central Texas Food Bank marketing and communications director. “That’s why we’re very excited to be able to partner with the Round Rock Area Serving Center and Amazon to expand this home delivery program to Williamson County.”
In June 2021, the Central Texas Food Bank launched its home delivery program for Travis County residents facing barriers accessing food distribution centers. The program has served over 1,260 households in Travis County, with more than 8,900 deliveries. Now, in partnership with Amazon and the Round Rock Area Serving Center nonprofit, the Central Texas Food Bank is expanding its program to Williamson County
“We chose Williamson County, because it's another adjacent county to Travis County where food insecurity is a big issue,” Gaither said.
Each month, eligible households in Williamson County will receive a 30-pound box of nonperishable goods amounting to 25 meals. Amazon drivers will deliver food items, provided by the Central Texas Food Bank, directly from the Round Rock Area Serving Center to residents’ homes.
“It’s easier to grab things from [the Round Rock Area Serving Center] since they’re going to Williamson County anyways,” Gaither said about the delivery process.
The Round Rock Area Serving Center will also screen and enroll eligible participants. To qualify, households must include an adult 60 years old or older, a disabled individual, a veteran or an active military member experiencing difficulties accessing food bank resources. ZIP codes 76530 north of Taylor and 76577 near Thorndale are excluded from participation.
Almost 470,000 people experienced hunger in 2021 in the 21 Central Texas counties the food bank serves, according to the Central Texas Food Bank. In Williamson County alone, around 60,000 people were experiencing food insecurity in 2019, according to Feeding America.
“The best way to help is to donate or volunteer,” Gaither said.
For more information, visit the Central Texas Food Bank website.