Houston Food Bank's mission is leading the fight against hunger. Here’s how!
The Houston Food Bank…
• A private, nonprofit organization
• Seeks food donations, distributes to local
• Efficient operations: 95 cents of every dollar
donated feeds the hungry
• Certified member of Feeding America
• Founded 1982
It’s in the numbers...
• 50 million nutritious meals distributed last year
• 137,000 different people fed each week
• 865,000 different people fed each year
• 500 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas
o Church food pantries
o Homeless shelters
o Safe havens for the battered and abused
o Nutrition sites for children and the elderly
• More than 259,000 volunteer hours contributed annually
About the Houston Food Bank
Now operating from a new, 308,000 square-foot facility, the Houston Food Bank is the nation’s largest size Feeding America food bank and source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. They have been named one of 10 Top-Notch Charities across the nation by Charity Navigator. A network of 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding a total of 137,000 people each week, provides 50 million nutritious meals annually. Fresh produce, meat and nonperishables are distributed from the new warehouse at 535 Portwall, and hot meals are prepared and distributed from Keegan Center, a 15,000 square-foot industrial kitchen. Additional community services range from nutrition education to assistance with food stamp applications and hands-on job training. Red Barrels offer a convenient way for grocery shoppers to donate nonperishables for their neighbors in need.
The Houston Food Bank, founded in 1982, is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. The organization plans to grow to an annual distribution of 100 million nutritious meals by 2018. Visit HoustonFoodBank.org for more information. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/theHoustonFoodBank or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/HoustonFoodBank.
Nutrition education, outreach and job training…
Backpack Buddy: Nutritious kid-friendly food is provided for the weekend for at-risk children in schools grade K-12, as well as at summer meal program sites.
Keegan Kitchen: With help from volunteers, prisoners from TDCJ and Food Bank staff, hot and frozen meals are prepared for programs like Meals on Wheels, US Vets and Kids Cafe.
Kids Cafe: Healthy meals and snacks served year-round on weekdays, along with nutrition and health education, to kids in after school and summer meal programs throughout the Houston area.
Nutrition Education: Classes in nutrition, food safety, meal preparation and budgeting taught in collaboration with Food Bank partner agencies.
Red Barrel: Red Barrels offer a convenient way for grocery shoppers to donate nonperishables to their neighbors in need through nearby food pantries.
Serving for Success: Provides more food for hungry people through a collaboration that prepares individuals within the criminal justice system, and others, for success in the workplace and the community. Participants receive job training, education, employment opportunities and social services while volunteering at the Houston Food Bank.
Social Services Outreach: Assistance in applying for state-funded social and health services, including SNAP (food stamps), WIC, Medicaid, Children’s Medicaid and others.
Partnerships with the Brazos Valley Food Bank, Montgomery County Food Bank and Galveston County Food Bank.
Ethics Point provides individuals at all levels in the organization with the appropriate tools and information for issue and event review and resolution.