Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive

2022: This year marks our 36th year of raising funds to provide Thanksgiving meals to Austin-area residents!

Make a Difference. Make a Donation.

Click Here to Donate to the Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive

 100% of collected funds go toward buying family food packs for residents in the Austin and surrounding area. 

Make your online donation to the Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive today!

All donations are made through the Austin Community Foundation and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Make checks payable to:
Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive

Submit donations to:
AAA c/o Food Drive
​8620 Burnet Road, #475
Austin, Texas 78757


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 the proceeds of this fundraiser go towards supplying Thanksgiving dinner food packs to Austin families in need. The fundraising begins in earnest in early September and ends in mid-November. Food packs are hand-delivered by volunteers - our Food Drive "Crew" - to the Housing Authority for the City of Austin (HACA), the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Rainbow Room, SAFE Alliance, and Foundation Communities on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.


Celebrating our Community

What began in 1986 under volunteer Steve Cartelli with $600 in total donations has grown to an annual fundraising event with almost $1,000,000 in donations made since the inception of the drive over 35 years ago. Austin residents have received over 24,350 Thanksgiving Food Packs from the Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive since 1986. Food pantries in 10 counties surrounding Travis have received $15,600 in financial donations from the food drive. AAA volunteer member Michael “Doc” Young was at the helm of the committee from 1987 until retiring the role in 2012. The 2022 Food Drive is ably led by Taryn Merrill, Paige Russell, and Samantha Sandoval.


How to Get Involved

1- Donate!  

Each year, the Austin Apartment Association hosts a series of special FUNdraising events as part of the annual Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive.  Come join us at an upcoming event and support the cause!

Fundraising events to get involved in: 

Click Here for the Food Drive Events Calendar  

Click Here to Donate to the Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive

Donations are accepted online and via check made payable to the Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive.

2 - Volunteer!

Delivery Day is Tuesday, November 22, 2022.  Volunteers will be needed to deliver Thanksgiving Food Packs to various locations.  Click here to learn more!

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the fundraising events hosted by AAA, email Lisa Sedgwick

3 - Plan! 

Our Community Service Committee meetings focused on Food Drive begin in the summer to help plan out the annual campaign and the special events.  Join us for one of our upcoming meetings and help us reach our goal!


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