Did you know that 1 in 4 Texas children face uncertainty about having enough to eat? In order to help meet this need, every year our Food Pantry partners with local schools to distribute groceries over the spring and fall breaks. We provide the schools with bags of groceries, and the schools make sure the bags get to families who need it. This year, we tried something new. Instead of distributing groceries before Thanksgiving, we talked to our partnering schools and decided to distribute the food in December so that the families would have it to use over the Christmas break. This year was also different because the Houston Food Bank was still providing relief for Hurricane Harvey so we had to recruit some additional support to provide the food we needed.
We invited the community to help us be a blessing this holiday season by feeding a family and the response was huge. Together, we were able to provide 1,300 families in 13 schools in Klein ISD and Aldine ISD with a bag of groceries! This initiative would not have been possible without the support of several churches, organizations, businesses, and community members who hosted food drives and donated bags of groceries AND the help of countless volunteers who packed, organized, and delivered bags to the schools. It truly was a community effort and a great example of the power of community partnerships.