February 2nd, 2011

Houston Helps: Houston Food Bank

Houston is a generous city. In unearthing and seeking out Houston’s untold story, we figured telling of its charitable nature needed to be part of this ever growing tale. From now on we’ll be bringing you charitable opportunities on a regular basis. We love this city. Love Houston. Help Houston.


The Houston Food Bank is the largest source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. A network of more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feed a total of 137,000 people each week and provide more than 65 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.

The Houston Food Bank utilizes volunteers six days a week in three locations (kitchen and warehouse settings) throughout the city. Volunteer support is critical to their mission of leading the fight against hunger! Whether you come out as an individual or part of a large group, they are certain you will have an enjoyable, positive experience.


Warehouse: The Herzstein Center | 3811 Eastex Fwy. | Houston, Texas 77026
The Keegan Center | 2445 North Fwy. | Houston, Texas 77009
Phone: (713)223-3700 | Email: ajordan@houstonfoodbank.org


— The Loop Scoop


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