Every Monday afternoon LifeWorks staff pick up between 60 and 300 pounds of food that would otherwise be headed for a landfill. We stock up the freezer at LifeWorks East site, right next door to The Works affordable housing community, and all week long, clients who struggle with food insecurity have access to nutritious (and tasty!) meals and snacks.
This food rescue mission is made possible by Keep Austin Fed – a local volunteer based nonprofit – and My Fit Foods – whose 12 stores in the Austin-area provide healthy, natural and clean meals that are also delicious!
You might be surprised to learn that more than one in five Texans is food insecure and has difficulty meeting basic nutritional needs. At LifeWorks, many of our clients exiting foster care or transitioning out of homelessness have been in dozens of foster care placements – and the issue of food insecurity is compounded by a lack of wellness and nutritional education.
Lack of healthy food causes or exacerbates a variety of common health issues for youth and young adults, like:
- type 2 diabetes
- respiratory tract infections
- viruses and diseases
- “Street Sickness” or constant malaise.
In addition to our partnership with Keep Austin Fed and My Fit Foods, LifeWorks provides nutritional education to pregnant and parenting teens, one-on-one nutritional and wellness support, including cooking lessons, healthy recipes and educational handouts, and weekly yoga and cross fit classes.
At LifeWorks, we are committed to a comprehensive approach to help our youth and families achieve self-reliance. Join our email list to learn more about how LifeWorks empowers self-sufficiency.