Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive
2021: This year marks our 35th year of raising funds to provide Thanksgiving meals to Austin-area residents!
Hooray... We've SURPASSED Our 2020 Goal!
Make a Difference.
Raising Funds & Feeding Families
The Austin Apartment Association’s annual Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive is a volunteer-driven fundraiser to purchase Thanksgiving foodstuffs for Central Texans in our 11-county jurisdiction. Just one $45 donation gives a family their Thanksgiving food pack this year. 100% of collected funds go toward buying family food packs for needy families and individuals in Austin and surrounding areas. The fundraising begins in earnest early September and ends mid-November. Food packs are hand-delivered by volunteers to the Austin Housing Authority, the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Rainbow Room, SAFE Alliance, and Foundation Communities on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
This year, due to COVID-19, we are donating all funds raised to our four partner organizations (listed above) as well as the Central Texas Food Bank.
While 2020 may look a little different, we still need your support... now, more than ever! Please donate online or volunteer to help with our fundraising efforts. 100% of collected funds go toward feeding needy families and individuals in Austin and surrounding areas.
Celebrating our Community
What began in 1986 under volunteer Steve Cartelli with $600 in total donations has grown to an annual fundraising event with more than $900,000 in donations made since the inception of the drive over 34 years ago. Austin residents have received over 23,050 Thanksgiving Food Packs from the Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive since 1986. Food pantries in 10 counties surrounding Travis have received $15,000 in financial donations from the food drive. AAA volunteer member Michael “Doc” Young was at the helm of the committee since 1987 until retiring the role in 2012. The 2020 food drive is ably led by Taryn Merrill, Terri Needham and Paige Russell.