Texans are in need, their neighbors step up to help. It’s always been that way,
and the Spirit Golf Association’s Spirit Food Fund is the latest example.
Food Fund recently announced its expansion to provide meals for people and
families affected by COVID-19 in Texas. The TGA partnered with the SGA on the
charity campaign, which began in May and initially focused on the Houston area.
Now the Spirit Food Fund has grown to include the Austin,
Dallas-Fort Worth and Georgetown communities.
longtime ally of the TGA, the SGA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion
of amateur golf for the benefit of supporting core charities that provide basic
human needs including food, education and health programs and services.
launched the Spirit Food Fund campaign with a lead gift of $500,000 from SGA
founder and Whispering Pines Golf Club owner Corby Robertson, Jr., and his
family, as well as The Cullen Foundation and the Cullen Trust for Higher
Education. Prominent supporters of the campaign include the likes of Jim Nantz
and Stacy Lewis
“It is our responsibility to be there to support our neighbors and
communities in need,” Robertson said.
early August, the Spirit Food Fund had raised nearly $1.34 million with a goal
of reaching $2 million. The money has provided more than 3.6 million meals to
food-insecure Texans who have been impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
To contribute to the Spirit Food Fund or to volunteer,
or text SpiritFoodFund to 41444 with your
Austin, the SGA initiative united with The University of Texas and Dell Medical
School to support the 1 in 4 households currently struggling to put food on the
table. In collaboration with Good Apple, a produce delivery company run by UT
students, Dell Medical School and other local partners, the Spirit Food Fund hopes
to raise $250,000 for the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” program, an emergency
grocery delivery service supporting people 55 and older or with underlying
Cullen Trust for Higher Education kicked off the campaign with a $100,000 gift.
So far, Stay Home, Stay Healthy has served more than 16,000 people in the
“By launching the Spirit Food Fund, we’re teeing up golfers, Longhorns and
community members to make a difference,” Robertson said. “We are grateful for
the opportunity to team up with UT, Dell Med and other Central Texas
organizations to feed our neighbors.”
Gifts to the Spirit Food Fund support the delivery of fresh produce and grocery
staples to older adults and people at risk of serious illness from COVID-19,
helping them stay safe by avoiding crowded grocery stores. Your gift of
any size will feed our neighbors in need.
Fort Worth, the SGA is raising funds for the Tarrant Area Food Bank and North Texas
Food Bank. Donations will be used to provide hunger relief in the Dallas/Fort
Worth region associated with the COVID-19 crisis.
The need for food banks has risen by 60% and that number
continues to soar as the economic crisis worsens, according to Stephen J.C. Raeside,
Executive VP of Development for the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
“Jointly, the two food banks have provided more than 35
million meals to victims of the COVID-19 crisis,” Raeside said, noting that 40%
of post-pandemic clients had never used a food bank or thought they would need
food assistance. “They need nutritious food to stay healthy and have one less
Raeside said each dollar donated through this campaign
will provide three to five meals.
“Only by uniting through efforts like this campaign can
we traverse such a dire national emergency,” he said. “We’re thrilled to work
with such respected golf organizations and welcome their ability to help
leverage the generosity and compassion of golfers in helping hungry neighbors.”
Donations to the Tarrant Area Food Bank can
be made here.
In Georgetown, The Cullen
Foundation and Southwestern University teamed up for a $100,000 donation to The
Caring Place, citing a 156% rise in the need for its services due to the
The Caring Place provides services to more
than 6,600 individuals in Georgetown and the surrounding area. Last year the
organization provided $773,319 in direct services. This year, the pandemic and
economic downturn are expected to significantly increase the needs of the
Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director of
The Caring Place, said the funds would be used for its food program, food
pantry, rent assistance, clothing, medical support and transportation
assistance among other programs.
“We deeply appreciate the Cullen
Foundation’s generous donation to The Caring Place,” O’Connor said. “During
this challenging time when we have so many neighbors who are struggling to make
ends meet, this gift will help us continue to fulfill our mission.”
To contribute to The Caring Place, click here.
Robertson’s keen vision is to utilize
the network of golfers and the SGA’s charitable mission to increase support for
community organizations at a time when their constituent needs are most acute.
Spirit Food Fund is one of many food-insecurity initiatives the SGA is
launching to feed people throughout the state during the pandemic. For more
information or to support the Fund, click