Neighborhood Pop-up Grocery Project
To provide relief to low-income residents during COVID-19, Sustainable Food Center, in partnership with Foodshed Investors and with funding by the City of Austin, announces the Neighborhood Pop-Up Grocery pilot project.
This project will convert closed restaurant dining rooms— In areas of Austin with high barriers to food access— into neighborhood pop-up grocery markets.
Participating businesses will receive high-quality meat, dairy, vegetables, fruits, and dry goods (much of which will be purchased from local farmers and ranchers) at no cost, and then sell these products to their local community at a low price point while retaining all proceeds.
This project model allows local restaurants to generate additional revenue and retain key staff while increasing food shopping options for low-income families and supports local farmers by purchasing up food that may have otherwise gone to waste during the pandemic.
These pop-up groceries will be less crowded and require less travel than traditional full-service grocery stores, all the while keeping Austinites’ food dollars in the local economy at a critically important time. This solution aims to make it easier for low-income families to buy healthy food safely and affordably.
Pop-up groceries are available during restaurant operating hours. See below for current locations and times.
Become a Participating Business!
We're looking for additional locations! Contact Hallie Casey to learn how your business can participate.