Houston Food Bank (HFB) will be providing hunger relief, virtual assistance, and mobility and transportation assistance to communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 Winter Storm. The state of Texas has experienced an extreme winter storm affecting the 18 counties within our service area. Many of our neighbors have lost power and water, including families who were already struggling with food insecurity. HFB is working diligently with partners to distribute disaster product.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, an increasing number of families across the country are relying on emergency food assistance. The need will continue to rise, as school closures impact children who rely on the national free/reduced lunch program and after-school feeding programs. In addition, the 2021 Winter Storm has left many in our 18 county service area in need of food, water, and supplies.
At this time The Houston Food Bank's (HFB) services remain essential, offering mobile food distributions, drive thru pantries, food deliveries/drop offs, emergency food kits, setting up warming centers and virtual assistance to the community. HFB is working diligently to serve those in need, especially vulnerable groups such as children, seniors, and those who cannot leave their homes. Your support will ensure that these services will continue to be provided in safe and sustainable ways.
The Houston Food Bank's efforts now will have an impact on the long-term stability of those who have been greatly affected by the pandemic. Food insecurity and hunger is proven to impact physical and mental health. Many who experience food insecurity are forced to "trade-off" expenses, choosing to pay rent, utilities, and in some cases medicine instead of buying food. By providing food, individuals and families can better manage resources and focus on other necessities.