It also created 25 jobs for people whose wages were also covered by the SEFAN funding from Travis County.
Everette said that Saffron Trust’s food distribution program is an example of community organizations – and county officials – taking a more holistic look at people’s needs.
According to Travis County Commissioner, Brigid Shea, “The SEFAN program has been an essential and extremely successful tool for Travis County. Not only does it meet people’s immediate need for prepared food but it connects them with staff who help them with other essential needs like housing or transportation or health care. This program provides them with delicious, healthy food and the tools to transform their lives.”
“The Cook’s Nook helps us achieve the long-term goal of changing social determinants of health; they aren’t just getting a meal, they are getting an education about barriers to success, managing diabetes, what happens after they fill their bellies,” Everette said.
Everette said that The Cook’s Nook meals are a big draw to invite people into what becomes intersectional work of food insecurity, housing and mental health. “Her food allowed people to come to the intersection.”
The SEFAN program continues to make impact across Travis County, with over 100 organizations having participated in the program. It continues to be one of the critical tools used by Travis County Commissioners, and the Travis County Health and Human Services team to make impact across the county in both demographics and geography.