Resource Center received a sizable donation on Friday from the Hilton Anatole.
After a conference ended on Thursday, the caterer asked hotel staff for a suggestion of where to donate food and other items that weren’t used. Several Anatole staff members including Hal Scott suggested the Resource Center’s food pantry. Scott is the brother of Paul Scott, executive director of AIDS Services of Austin and a former executive director of Resource Center.
Resource Center spokesman Rafael McDonnell said the donation included gallon containers of ketchup and salad dressing that would be used by the hot meals program and other needed items like hand sanitizer and replacement mop buckets.
In all, the donation filled nine pick-up trucks.
McDonnell said that despite the size of the donation, the need continues.
“The government is still closed and the need is still there,” he said.
The food pantry distributes seven tons of food a week. Half of its clients are also housing insecure.