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Houston Food Bank

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Hurricane Laura Relief

Mission: Food for better lives. More than 1.1 million people in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by Houston Food Bank are considered food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough nutritious food to fuel a healthy life. In order to address this issue, the Houston Food Bank distributes food and other essentials to those in need through a network of 1,500 community partners. In addition, we also provide programs and services aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability including nutrition education, job training, health management, and help in securing state-funded assistance.

Target demographics: individuals who experience hunger

Direct beneficiaries per year: 122 millions meals served in FY18

Geographic areas served: 18 southeast Texas counties

Programs: Backpack Buddy, Client Assistance Program to help with SNAP enrollment, Food For Change, Kids Cafe, Nutrition Education, Red Barrels, School Market, Senior Box, Serving For Success and Teachers Aid.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Far and away, the Houston Food Bank is my favorite charity.
They achieve so much, for so many, in terms of distributing food to other organizations that then put the food in the hands of those most in need.
The amount of food each $1 donate puts on the table is amazing, have a look at their website for yourself.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Houston Food Bank works very hard to reduce admin costs to increase the amount of service they can provide to those who are hungry in Houston. They are efficient and well-organized. Their main facility is awesome and a fun place to volunteer. I think this is a great organization that is in need for many, many more volunteers. The more volunteers they have the more they're able to use their funds to feed people rather than paying employees. I highly recommend this organization for both donations and volunteer hours.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at this organization with my church group as well as having been a donor for years. They are a highly efficient organization, their warehouses are tidy and orderly and the food is well accounted for. They serve numerous smaller food banks around the city and benefit the donors providing large in-kind donations (grocery stores,etc) by accepting the large donations and re-distributing it to where it is needed at the time, as opposed to a small pantry getting a large donation that it can't use efficiently (500 boxes of beans). It is a great organization and serves the neighbors and friends in Houston that need a bit of help to make it to the next month.

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