During the COVID-19 crisis, it's risky to simply stop by the grocery store when your refrigerator is bare — especially if you are over 55 years old or have a compromised immune system. Avoiding public places is vital.
The “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” emergency grocery delivery service helps protect our community’s most vulnerable. A collaboration between Good Apple, Dell Medical School and other local partners, the initiative provides food for those in need, promotes social distancing and creates job opportunities for local workers affected by the pandemic.
STAY HOME, STAY HEALTHY
Good Apple is a grocery delivery service started by Dell Med student Zack Timmons and Dr. Michael Hole, an assistant professor at Dell Medical School and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. It’s on a mission to meet our community’s growing need for safe and reliable access to groceries. In partnership with Dell Med, Hope Food Pantry, the Austin Transportation Department, Capital Metro and local farmers, Good Apple launched “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” for at-risk groups. People can be referred or sign up for the service, and Good Apple will deliver free, nutritious groceries straight to their door.
YOUR IMPACT, OUR COMMUNITY
Good Apple relies on the generosity of our community to support its “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” initiative. Your gift of any size advances Good Apple’s work to:
- Provide nutritious food for Central Texans in need
- Encourage social distancing in high-risk groups
- Creates job opportunities for workers affected by the pandemic
Each box of groceries costs about $10 to source, pack, and deliver. Your gift today will help more of our neighbors stay home — and stay healthy. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19.
Many thanks to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for its lead gift of $125,000 to support our neighbors in need. We are also grateful for community members Lynne Dobson and Greg Wooldridge for their $100,000 gift and volunteer service with Good Apple. We hope to deliver boxes of groceries to 8,000 people in the next eight weeks. Good Apple recently celebrated making more than 2,000 deliveries to at-risk people in our community.
WHAT'S IN EACH BOX?
The Good Apple team collaborated with UT nutritionists to develop menus for our neighbors. Examples of items included are:
- Fresh produce like spring mix lettuce, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes and red potatoes
- Grocery staples like low-fat milk, fortified cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned protein, peanut butter, bread, rice and pasta
Anyone in need of food assistance who is 55 or older or has an underlying health condition can fill out this application to receive free assistance through the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" initiative.
ABOUT OUR PARTNERS
The "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" initiative is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Good Apple, Dell Med, Hope Food Pantry, the Austin Transportation Department, Capital Metro, Johnson's Backyard Garden, Gundermann Acres and G&S Groves. The following volunteers and University of Texas at Austin students have played a part in making Good Apple and this initiative possible: Gabriel Breternitz, Becca Daen, Lee Fuentes, Karen Haney, Garrett Johnson, Chelsey and Michael Measom, Sal Tijerina, Madison Weigand and Alex Wright.