The Houston Food Bank, which is known for their generosity and outpouring of aid to Houston families, was the recipient of a stunning two million pounds of food donations from the Houston Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association (HFFVA) at the 27th annual Gift of Produce event.
With this generous donation, the Houston Food Bank’s pantries will be filled even more nutritious foods for their neighbors in need. The gift was available for immediate distribution to the Houston Food Bank’s 500 partner agencies serving 18 southeast Texas counties.
“While the holidays are already a time of high demand because kids are out of school and not receiving meal assistance, the recent cuts to SNAP funding have heightened the need for additional food assistance,” says Brian Greene, president/CEO of Houston Food Bank.
This two million pounds of food is equivalent to more than four million servings of fruits and vegetables for those in need. For the past 26 years, the Houston Food Bank has received a generous "Gift of Produce" from HFFVA, a nationally recognized professional organization with members from the produce industry, including retailers, wholesalers, growers and shippers.
In addition to this wonderful gift of produce, Food Town presented the Food Bank with a check for $36,000, and Seller Bros. gave a $10,000 check. These cash donations will provide another 190,000 nutritious servings of produce to the hungry.
“Many people are having a hard time making ends meet, and are turning to our partner agencies for help. We are working hard to fill the demand, and it is donations such as the Gift of Produce that will fill many tables this holiday season. Despite the grim statistics, it is comforting to know that we can rely on companies and individuals in the community to help us fill the need, and the Houston Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association is one of our key partners,” said Greene.
In addition to the generous Gift of Produce each holiday season, the Food Bank receives an average of 100,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables each week from the Association’s members. This generosity has helped to make the Houston Food Bank a national leader in the distribution of produce to those in need.
For more information on the Houston Food Bank, visit www.houstonfoodbank.org.