Based on a ranking issued routinely by Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity in which the Houston Food Bank holds membership, Houston Food Bank is the largest food bank in the United States in food distribution to its partner agencies. That’s based on Feeding America’s comparison of food poundage reports for calendar year 2012 from the 200 food banks within their network.
During calendar year 2012, the Houston Food Bank (HFB) distributed 76 million pounds of product in its 18-county service area. For the current fiscal year, which runs from June 2012 through July 2013, HFB is distributing on average 6.7 million pounds of product each month. And in keeping with its dedication to providing healthy nutritious foods, an average of two million pounds of that figure is fresh produce.
“Houston Food Bank’s ability to keep up with the growing demand for food assistance is due in no small part to the move to our amazing new facility,” says Brian Greene, president/CEO of Houston Food Bank. “As the demand for assistance continues to increase, we are grateful for community support that allowed us to secure our larger new facility so we can feed more people in need. No longer confined by physical space, we are achieving our goal, and are on track to distribute 80 million pounds of food this fiscal year.”
Houston Food Bank provides food and meal assistance to 18 counties in southeast Texas via a network of more than 500 partner agencies. They also have Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs), including Galveston County Food Bank, Brazos Valley Food Bank, and Montgomery County Food Bank, which assist in getting meals to those in need.
“We can achieve this level of success only with the help of our donors, hunger relief partners and tens of thousands of volunteers that give their time,” says Greene. “All that the Houston Food Bank has accomplished in the past and will accomplish in the future can be attributed to the generosity and dedication of individuals, businesses and foundations, working together on behalf of those in need.”
For more information on Houston Food Bank and its programs, please visit www.HoustonFoodBank.org.
Information provided by Patterson & Murphy Public Relations.