Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Hornsby Bend

April 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hornsby Bend, a mere nine miles east of downtown Austin, is the home of Dillo Dirt and some of the region’s best bird watching. It’s also home to hunger.

This past week we added the Hornsby Bend community to our growing Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Pantry Program, which helps us to target areas with great need and few resources. CAFB staff and neighborhood volunteers provided 165 families and 789 individuals with emergency food assistance and help with SNAP applications.

A line of families and individuals wrapped around the building within minutes of our arrival.

A line of families and individuals wrapped around the building within minutes of our arrival.

In rural communities like Hornsby Bend, the success of the Mobile Food Pantry depends on word of mouth from trusted community members and our relationships with city partners. Santa Barbara Parish, a local church whose neighborhood roots go back almost 20 years and a CAFB Partner Agency, was an ideal site for the distribution. The Community Health Initiative Unit’s Mobile Health Van, which helps us promote good nutrition as a part of overall health, was on site to do blood pressure and wellness checks.

Thank you to the Community Health Initiative Unit for recruiting an awesome volunteer team.

We’re pleased with our first distribution’s turnout and look forward to continued success with our friends in Hornsby Bend.

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