Houston Food Bank is pleased to provide updates on the work we have been doing to provide food assistance to those in need in the Houston area. However, we also want to express the challenge of food insecurity continually increasing.
Challenges and Reasons for Increasing Food Insecurity
Despite our efforts, food insecurity in the Houston area continues to increase. The main reasons for this include:
Increase in food prices: The pandemic has led to a disruption in food supply chains, resulting in higher prices for many food items. This makes it even more difficult for low-income individuals and families to afford enough food.
High unemployment rates: The pandemic led to widespread job losses, leaving many individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.
Economic instability: Many individuals and families were already living on the edge financially before the pandemic. The current economic downturn has only made things worse.
Limited access to food assistance: While we have expanded our food distribution efforts, there are still many individuals who are not able to access our programs. This is due to factors such as lack of transportation and stigma related to accessing food pantries and other social services.
Activities and Accomplishments
Houston Food Bank has:
Increased our food distribution. We have been able to provide food assistance to over 1 million individuals per year, including families, seniors, and children.
Established drive-thru food distribution sites in partnership with local organizations.
Expanded our home delivery program for seniors and individuals with disabilities. This has ensured that those who are most vulnerable have access to food assistance.
Provided financial assistance to local farmers and growers. This has helped to ensure that fresh produce continues to be available to those in need.
Partnered with local school districts to provide food assistance to families with children. This has helped to address food insecurity among children, who are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the pandemic.
Provided training and resources to local organizations to help them address food insecurity in their communities. This has helped to ensure that food assistance is available to those in need throughout the Houston area.
The Houston Food Bank will continue to work to address food insecurity.. Our future goals include:
Expanding our partnerships with local organizations to reach more individuals in need.through increased distributions and expanded programming.
Increasing the amount of fresh produce we distribute to ensure that those in need have access to healthy food.
If you were looking for a sign that people care...
By Lesly Johnson | Grants Coordinator
Volunteers sorting food for distribution
If you were looking for a sign that people care, this is it. Always remember that your value is not measured by what you own but by what you give: a smile, a kind word, a helping hand, an open heart. You are priceless!
When it comes to priceless things, Houston Food Bank has learned many valuable lessons from our neighbors experiencing hunger throughout the last two years and it's taken steps to address health, safety, accessibility, and flexibility. As recovery from the pandemic continues, those impacted the most by COVID-19 are some of the last to recover from the pandemic’s economic fallout. Now, rising food prices have created a harsh reality for families in our community who were already struggling to afford enough food. When prices rise, it means more people may need help from food banks to keep food on the table. It also means food banks must pay higher prices for food just as more people may be turning to them for help.
Houston Food Bank relies on your ongoing support to contend with higher food prices and continue feeding as many families facing hunger as possible. Thank you for your help and care - together we can make sure that families on a budget have enough tot eat this fall.
More than two years ago COVID-19 began impacting our community. A lot has changed since then. Your gift to GlobalGiving to support Houston Food Bank has helped us respond to increased requests for assistance. We're delivering more nutritious meals than ever to our neighbors experiencing hunger, an average of 500,000 meals per distribution day.
We have learned a lot over the last two years. Impacts to the global food supply chain made us more aware of our local needs. That is why Houston Food Bank is making sure the areas we serve have access to free local food by supporting hyperlocal farmers and food producers. We also know the people we serve get hit the hardest with inflation. With food prices and gas prices soaring we are doing everything within our capability to continue to increase food distributions.
Around 1 million people in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by Houston Food Bank are considered food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to adequate nutritious food to fuel a healthy life.
In the last month, we distributed more than 14 million pounds of food and more than 4 million pounds of fresh produce to help fill the gaps on plates. Our programs are designed with intent to ensure that the most vulnerable populations have access to the nutritious food they need. Through our special programs, in the last month we delivered 44,296 ready to eat meals through the Kids Cafe Program and continue to serve more than 11,000 seniors through our Senior Box Program.
Thank you. Supporters like you allow Houston Food Bank to do the work that we do!
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