Thank you to all who donated to the 26th annual Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive!
For the past 26 years, volunteers with the Austin Apartment Association’s Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive have conducted an annual fundraiser to purchase Thanksgiving food packs for Central Texans. Help us reach our volunteers' goal of raising $40,000 and feeding 1,250 families. If you haven't donated yet, there is still time; your donation will go toward next year's food drive!!
About the Food Drive:
Making this charity truly unique is that 100% of collected funds go toward buying family food packs for needy families and individuals in the Austin area. Food packs will be hand-delivered by volunteers to the Austin Housing Authority, the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Rainbow Room, and SafePlace November 20th - the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
2012 marks the 26th year of the Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive. The food drive is a two month-long campaign conducted by AAA and members of the AAA Community Service committee each fall to raise funds in order to purchase family food packs.
Each family food pack has all the items necessary for a family of five to cook and eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in their own home, according to their own family traditions. Food packs contain enough food staples to feed a family of five for the next few days: a 12-pound turkey, ten pounds of potatoes, stuffing, yams, corn, green beans, rolls, flour, sugar, beans, rice, fruit, and more.
The Austin Apartment Association Thanksgiving Food Drive began in 1986 when the AAA Community Service committee, headed by association volunteer Steve Cartelli, raised $600 to feed hungry Austinites. AAA volunteer member Michael “Doc” Young has helmed the committee since 1987. Every year since the beginning, financial donations to the food drive have increased.
The Austin Apartment Association, established in 1964, is a local not-for-profit trade association whose membership includes property owners, management companies, and products and services vendors who employ approximately 11,000 Central Texans. The association represents 180,000 rental units in Travis County and 10 surrounding counties. AAA is affiliated with the Texas Apartment Association and National Apartment Association.
Austin Housing Authority
TDPRS- Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Rainbow Room
Make all checks payable to Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive
All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Donations made with check or credit card, and containing current mailing address, will receive a letter in recognition of your donation from the Austin Community Foundation.
Why We Collect Money Instead of Food
Each $40 food pack contains enough food to feed a family of five a full traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including a 10-pound turkey, plus additional food to feed the family for three to five days thereafter. Since the food is provided to the families in food packs rather than as prepared food, they are able to enjoy it in the comfort and dignity of their own homes, preparing their feast according to their own family traditions and customs.
What Does My Donation Buy?
A $40 donation purchases:
10-12 lbs turkey
5 lbs potatoes
1 doz dinner rolls
1 box stuffing
1 can yams
1 can corn
1 can green beans
1 box cookies
1 lb margarine
5 lbs flour
4 lbs sugar
1 can fruit cocktail
1 box Jell-o
4 lbs dry beans
4 lbs oranges
2 lbs rice