The Issue: Food Insecurity in the Houston Area
Within Houston Food Bank’s 18-county area, more than one in four children and one in five households are food insecure, meaning they do not always have access to enough food. Once the school year ends, those families will face an increasing struggle, as students who receive free or reduced-cost meals will lose their daily lunches.
The Campaign: Feeding People Across Houston
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Houston Food Bank to provide nutritious food to the community. For every $10 raised, Houston Food Bank can provide 30 meals to local community members. Volunteers, including schoolchildren and seniors, help sort the food items before they are delivered to local non-profits, where they reach more than 137,000 people across Houston every week.
Houston Food Bank
How do you create the largest food-distribution network in the country? Houston Food Bank has done that and more. First, it gathers enough fresh produce and shelf-stable items to create 64 million meals per year. Then, its team reaches out to local non-profit organizations and churches and ensures that food is delivered to more than 900,000 people across 18 counties. And the team cares about more than just filling stomachs—last year, fresh fruits and vegetables made up 35% of the food distributed. This way, Houston Food Bank can make sure people are getting the nutrients they need to maintain good health.
In addition to food distribution, Houston Food Bank sponsors a variety of programs to help individuals achieve self sufficiency. Serving for Success trains former offenders for living-wage jobs while they volunteer with the food bank, while the Social Services Outreach Program makes it easier to apply for SNAP benefits and raises awareness for available social services.