For Austin to be a thriving, equitable, and ecologically resilient community, it must have a healthy and just local food system. Growing, selling, eating, and recovering food locally creates jobs, strengthens the economy, improves public health, and reduces transportation impacts.

We're working to create Central Texas' first-ever Food Plan! If you'd like to get involved in helping us create the plan, please fill out our interest form. Completa la encuesta en español.

Our vision for Austin’s food system is a connected, protected, and community-integrated one that benefits everyone. Learn more about the City of Austin’s efforts to create a sustainable food system:

Pink circle with an icon of utensils within.Programs and Initiatives

Dark green circle with an icon of a stack of books within.Helpful Resources

Light green circle with an icon of a magnifying glass within.Research and Reports

Purple circle with an icon of broccoli within.Improving Food Access


Some important things to know about the state of Austin's food system..

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Less than 1% of the food consumed here is produced locally.

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The food economy represents $4.1 billion in annual sales.

 

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43% of people eligible for SNAP have not enrolled.

 

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80% of AISD schools have an active food garden.

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15% of Central Texans are food insecure.

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451,500,000 lbs. of food is wasted each year.