For those of you who may be out of the loop about why we post our giving, we are simply doing it to spread awareness about the different organizations out there that are important to us and the ways they serve others. We try to focus on food and water organizations because the money we donate is what we save as a result of cutting our food budget.
This month we will be shining the spotlight on the Houston Food Bank!
The Houston Food Bank is the largest source of free and low-cost food for hungry people in 18 southeast Texas counties. A network of more than 400 charities, feeding a total of 137,000 people each week, receives more than 46 million pounds of food and prepared meals annually. Fresh produce, meat and nonperishables are distributed from Herzstein Center, a 73,000 square-foot warehouse, 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 120 million pounds of food by 2018.
Lately we've been focusing our giving on mostly Haiti aid which is important, but it's also important to reach out to the people in your own neighborhood. Food banks, clothing donation centers, and churches are great ways to do that!
Here's to you Houston Food Bank! Keep up the good work!
(Also, on the news last night, they announced that Houston Food Bank will be purchasing and moving into a new center within the next year that will make it the largest Food Bank in the nation! Wow!)