Eating Apart Together Initiative 

Getting you food and supplies while keeping everyone safe

COVID-19 has changed how everyone in Austin gets food. With more restaurants closing and fewer people handing out donations, finding reliable sources of food is more important than ever. The City of Austin and partners across the community created the Eating Apart Together (EAT) Initiative to get food to people experiencing homelessness through the COVID-19 response. 

EAT Initiative Continuing through August, 2020.

Want to help? EAT is low on hygiene supplies. Contribute through ECHO's donation drive

Shelf-Stable Bags

The Other Ones Foundation, PATH, EMS and other groups are distributing bags with a week of shelf-stable food and other supplies as they are available across the city. Some will be taken directly to known encampments or handed out at existing meal delivery programs. Below is the schedule for getting bags between 9:00am and noon at Basic Needs Sites:

  • Monday: Highway 71/Packsaddle Pass; Cesar Chavez/Pleasant Valley; 7th Street/Gonzalez
  • Tuesday: Highway 71/Burleson Road; 183/Burnet Road; Little Walnut Creek Branch Library
  • Wednesday: Slaughter & Menchaca; 183/Cameron Road
  • Thursday: I-35/Airport
  • Friday: Ruiz Branch Library; Pleasant Valley/Riverside Drive

Find these sites on the Basic Needs Map. Need food but not able to use this schedule? Call The Other Ones Foundation at 512.568.7557. 

Ready to Eat Meals

Ready-to-eat meals that can be picked up at existing service locations weekdays downtown and in South Austin, now with more meals to share. These meals are packaged and can be taken to a socially distant spot to eat. 

  • Angel House Soup Kitchen (Everyday, breakfast 9:30-10:00am; lunch 11:00am-12:30pm)
  • Caritas (Mondays, 11:00 a.m.) 
  • Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center (M-F, 9:00am - 1:00pm)
  • Micah 6 Pantry at University Presbyterian Church (TH; 6:00pm)
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes (see truck schedule here)
  • First Baptist (M,W,F, 11:30 - 1:00pm)
  • Mosaic Street Ministry
  • St. David’s Episcopal Church (Saturday, 12-1 p.m.)
  • The Travis County Constables, Precinct 3/PATH, Integral Care (Picks up Food on Thursdays for distribution)
  • The Trinity Center

Regular meal service is also available downtown at Caritas and Trinity Center. Find more food locations on our Basic Needs page or by calling 2-1-1/visiting

For Those not Experiencing Homelessness

Need Help:

  • If you are not experiencing homelessness but are in need of food, please call 2-1-1 or visit for help. 

Want to Help:

About the EAT Initiative

The EAT Initiative was formed to get much needed nutrition to those who need it in a way that helps them participate in the public health response to COVID-19. It is a collective effort led by the City of Austin that includes:

  • Central Texas Food Bank
  • The Other Ones Foundation
  • Integral Care PATH program
  • City of Austin and Travis County
  • Revolution Foods
  • Angel House Soup Kitchen - Austin Baptist Chapel (support this work here)
  • First Baptist
  • Dell Medical School
  • Kingsted
  • More community organizations 

NEW: Press Release about Community Partners serving 100,000 meals

Press Release about the EAT Initiative

CityView video about the EAT Initiative

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