Nourish Coalition Newsletter - Vol. 3

Another year, another season! The Coalition team is excited to participate in two big events in 2024 in addition to growing our membership. In this newsletter edition, you'll find highlights recent highlights and a spotlight on exciting things in the works. Here’s to what we hope will be a bountiful year for all!


vehicles and volunteers line up for the ACC and CTFB free grocery pick-up pilot program.

We ended 2023 and began 2024 with our hearts and minds focused on the future of our regional food system. Here's what we've been up to since our last volume:

On December 14, 2023, Central Texas Food Bank and Austin Community College in Elgin partnered on a pilot program to supply 150 families with free groceries. This area in Elgin is historically underserved and also highly accessible in terms of transportation so it was the perfect location for the distribution efforts to take place. Since the program proved to be successful, there will be an ongoing monthly distribution with dates to be determined. If you’d like more information or wish to volunteer, click here.

In collaboration with the City of Bastrop's Inaugural Mardi Gras Celebration we are hosting the First Ever Gumbo Cook-Off on February, 3, 2024 as a fundraiser for the coalition.

We appreciate H-E-B's sponsorship of this event. H-E-B will be onsite with their own gumbo team "H-E-B's UnRouxLy Crew" and they will have a kids activity tent with their mascot H-E-Buddy! Stop by, take a selfie, and tag @HEB.

The Elgin Farmers' Market began accepting SNAP transactions in July 2023. Participation from patrons has slowly been building. In hopes to gain more traction and provide more nutritious food to the community, on January 18, 2024, the Market launched the Double Up Food Bucks program in collaboration with the Sustainable Food Center.

This program extends customers' dollars further by doubling up their SNAP transactions up to $30 at no additional cost to them for fruits and vegetables.

We've actively been updating the BCC Community Calendar with local food resources and events!

Click Here to Get Involved

Texas Food System Updates

Each quarter, we’ll share curated articles about the food system in Texas.


Are you looking for ways to engage more with Bastrop County? Check out these great upcoming events:

  • Freaky Friday The Musical - Bastrop Opera House - 01/19/2024 - 04/04/2024
  • Behind the Scenes in the Museum - Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center - 01/04/2024 - 01/30/2024
  • Fatherhood Flame Summit - Friday, 03/08/2024 - 8 am to 4 pm
  • Bastrop Area Livestock Show - Thursday, 2/29/2024 to Saturday, 3/02/2024
  • Bastrop County Master Gardeners - Spring Gardening Educational Series - Sunday, 02/25/2024 - 4pm - 5:30pm. This is a four week series for more information click here.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Nourish Coalition, Bastrop County, and Texas Food System.

 If you would like to contribute news to be considered for inclusion in the next edition, please contact (Krissy Voutas, [email protected])