National Coalition for the Homeless

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 10-18,
sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Around Austin

Sunday, November 11, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Red White & Blues 512
Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater 
Red, White & Blues 512 | House Our Heroes Blues Festival, a fundraiser created to help veterans experiencing homelessness, was founded by a small group of friends who were inspired by the collaborative efforts happening in Austin to end veteran homelessness. This year’s event features The Nightowls, Black Pumas, Shinyribs, and Samantha Fish. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, November 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Community Conversation: Ending Youth Homelessness
Temple Beth Shalom, 7300 Hart Lane
Austin is ready to end youth homelessness together! Learn about our innovative new program at this Community Conversation and be part of the community-wide strategy to end youth homelessness. Speakers from Caritas of Austin, LifeWorks, and SAFE Alliance will share information about Austin’s Community Plan to End Youth Homelessness, answer your questions, and help you find ways to get involved. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so RSVP to save your seat!

Sunday, November 18
26th Annual Homeless Memorial Sunrise Service 
Vic Mathias Shores
We will read the names of all the homeless people who died in Austin over the past year at this one hour service. The Homeless Memorial is located at South First Street and Riverside Drive, 75 yards west of the Fanny Davis Gazebo and about 75 yards east of the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue. There should be plenty of parking at the parking area which you can access from 900 Riverside Drive. Once you park, simply walk to the river and turn left. You will see us gathering on the right at the Homeless Memorial.

Hunger and Poverty Summit

Wednesday, November 7, 12:30 p.m. – Friday, November 9, 12:30 p.m.

There are numerous organizations across the country working to find solutions to hunger and poverty.  With so much going on in so many different places, it can be difficult to find time to come together to share experiences and learn best practices.  For nearly 10 years, Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative has served as a convener—bringing together diverse stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to hunger.

This fall, THI will host is seventh Together at the Table Hunger & Poverty Summit.  The summit brings together 400-500 attendees from across the country for three days of focused learning on Baylor’s campus and includes:

  • six plenary sessions;
  • more than 50 different breakout sessions; and
  • experts on the latest developments in public policy, effective community organizing strategies, and cutting-edge research.

Sessions will be organized into tracks including:

  • anti-hunger and anti-poverty policy;
  • research;
  • coalition building;
  • child hunger;
  • faith-based solutions;
  • senior hunger; and
  • hunger and health.

Space is limited, so register today!  And make sure to visit for updates and more information.

We hope to see you there!

Hope Food Pantry

An Evening of Hope
The Ripple Effect

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 5:30pm

Trinity United Methodist Church

4001 Speedway, Austin

Reserve your tickets by emailing

Crop Hunger Walk

 The Austin CROP Hunger Walk is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, February 25 at Camp Mabry.  Registration opens at 2:00 with the Step-Off at 2:30.


Register and raise funds online—it’s easy! Go to to sign up.


Thank you Austin Hunger Heroes – $72,614.47 raised at the 2017 Walk.


YOU make the difference

2017 Report from the Hope Food Pantry

Hope Food Pantry Austin is held up high by all of your contributions and dedication!   Together, we are a powerhouse of support for hundreds of families.   The ripple effect of relief and sustenance to the families in search of our services for 2017 was to:

  • Distribute food equivalent to 170,809 meals.
  • Purchase eggs, meat, and other staples each week to ensure availability to ALL.
  • Rescue 48,358 pounds of fresh produce/food and 1080 pounds of fresh flowers from:

Trader Joe’s, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, and Pepperidge Farm.

  • Collect 65,983 pounds of food from community food drives.
  • Provide 450 backpacks full of nutritious food to AISD students in need.
  • Expand the Hope Closet and Children’s library.

Thank you for your wonderful and dedicated volunteer service to helping others in their time of need.

Foundation for the Homeless Fundraiser

8th Annual Spirit of Compassion Awards
Saturday, November 19, 6:00 p.m.
Archer Hotel at the Domain

This awards ceremony recognizes donors, community leaders and business leaders who make a difference in our community. Spirit of Austin Honors donors who have modeled a spirit of generous giving to Foundation for the Homeless and other community organizations engaged in the fight against hunger, homelessness and poverty.

There is a good seed in every heart. Attend to it with compassion. Shower it with hope. Warm it with love. And it will grow and bloom abundantly for generations to come.

Free Store / Common Good Community Development

The Free Store is back!

The Free Store found a new home at Memorial UMC, 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin.  On Wednesday, March 8, we’ll have our first shopping day in the new space.

You can follow all the news about the Free Store’s relocation at our website:

From District Lay Leader Brooks Schuelke:  When we started the Free Store, we never wanted it to be a ministry by itself.  Instead, we created Common Good Community Development, Inc.  We imagined it as a hub and spoke type arrangement.  Common Good was the hub. The Free Store was the first spoke, but it was never intended to be the only spoke.

Over the years, we’ve been approached by a number of different groups with different ideas about how they could also partner with Common Good and the Free Store.  Up until now, we’ve not found the right fit.

Until now.

I am happy to say that our first real partner, and the next spoke in our hub, is the Hope Food Pantry.

Many of you are already familiar with the Hope Food Pantry.  It’s housed in Trinity and is supported by a number of our churches throughout the district.

In many ways, nothing will change.  Hope Food Pantry will continue to operate as it has.

But our working and coordinating together also brings endless possibilities of how Hope and the Free Store can work together.  We don’t know exactly what that will look like, but we’re all excited about the future.

To learn more about us, visit our website: