Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive
Raising Funds - Feeding Families in Central Texas
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. 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 Austin and Foundation Communities on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Food Drive FUNdraisers
Each year, the Food Drive Crew organizes fun events for our AAA members, proceeds of which benefit the Food Drive. Many of these events also give us the opportunity for increased exposure in the community outside our AAA membership.
Everything for a Happy Thanksgiving
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.
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 $806,000 in donations made since the inception of the drive over 30 years ago. Austin residents have received over 21,700 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 2018 food drive is ably led by Stephanie Naylor, Terri Needham and Paige Russell.
Make your online donation to the Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive. All donations are made through the Austin Community Foundation and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Submit Check or Cash
Make checks payable to the Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive. Submit donations to:
AAA c/o Food Drive
8620 Burnet Rd. #475
Austin, TX 78757