Mission: The houston food bank helps feed the hungry by seeking donations of food and non-food items and distributing them to qualified, tax-exempt organizations. In addition, the food bank offers job training in the food service industry and warehousing to people in need of marketable skills.
Programs: Food distribution: the houston food banks core program is large-scale distribution of food and select other products (such as diapers and cleaning supplies) to over 500 hunger relief agencies, which then provide aid directly to more than 800,000 annually throughout our 18-county service area. In fy 2013-14, the food bank distributed 76,359,484 pounds of food and products. The value placed on total distribution was calculated at $1. 72/pound, for $131,338,312 million in product directed into the community (including usda).
backpack buddy club: on fridays, at participating schools, children take home child-friendly, nonperishable easily consumed and nutritious food from the houston food bank.
social services outreach: houston food banks social services outreach program (ssop) is focused on raising awareness in the service area of available social services and provides application and technical assistance for state-funded social and health services. Ssop can submit cases electronically to the state. In addition, ssop staff are able to issue electronic benefit transfer (ebt) cards to clients in order to expedite receipt of benefits after eligibility has been determined and approved on the state level. Services are available in english, spanish and vietnamese (service can be provided in other languages via state interpretation services as needed).
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.
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.
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.