Case study of a food relief grocery model: The Neighborhood Pop-Up Grocery Project


  • Hallie Casey Sustainable Food Center
  • Jenifer DeAtley Sustainable Food Center
  • Carissa Rodriguez Eckle University of Texas at Austin
  • Mia Burger Sustainable Food Center
  • Jarred Maxwell Foodshed Investors
  • Eric de Valpine Foodshed Investors



Food Relief, Local Food Movement, COVID-19, Pandemic, Food Distribution


In Austin, Texas, Sustainable Food Center, in partnership with Foodshed Investors and the city of Austin, responded to the COVID-19 crisis with a mini-grocery pilot project. The Neighborhood Pop-Up Grocery Pilot Project engaged local restaurants to serve as points of access for fresh and affordable food. This model served as both a food-access and supply-chain solution, utilizing partnerships with local farmers and distributors to source food for Austin communities and restaurant partners in order to provide the food at an affordable price point. This case study outlines the novel model and describes three key takeaways from this 2020 pilot project.


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Author Biographies

Hallie Casey, Sustainable Food Center

Supply Chain Program Manager

Jenifer DeAtley, Sustainable Food Center

Farm Viability Director

Carissa Rodriguez Eckle, University of Texas at Austin

Sustainability Studies Major and Project Intern

Mia Burger, Sustainable Food Center

Data Analysis and Evaluation Coordinator

Jarred Maxwell, Foodshed Investors


Eric de Valpine, Foodshed Investors


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How to Cite

Casey, H., DeAtley, J., Eckle, C., Burger, M., Maxwell, J., & de Valpine, E. (2021). Case study of a food relief grocery model: The Neighborhood Pop-Up Grocery Project. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(2), 273–278.