By R.V. Baugus
The Berry Center in Cypress, Texas, under the leadership of Beth Wade, CVE, transformed into a neighborhood super site food distribution location to get more food into the local community. The venue began in the role on April 29 under the auspices of the Houston Food Bank.
Two previous distribution efforts in the area were held at Cypress Premium Outlets with a goal of serving 5,000vehicles, while more than 7,000 has been distributed at the Berry Center. Items included approximately 100 pounds of food per car, with a mixture of fresh produce, frozen meat, dairy, and non-perishables.
As cars lined up to receive food, volunteers helped load the car trunks with food while National Guard volunteers assisted with food distribution.
The effort is also just one of many for the Houston Food Bank, whose mission is to provide food for better lives. Last year the food bank we provided access to 104 million nutritious meals in 18 counties in southeast Texas through its 1,500 community partners which includes food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers, and schools, with an emphasis on healthy foods and fresh produce.
In addition to distributing food, the food bank provides services and connections to programs that address the root causes of hunger and are aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability, including nutrition education, job training, health management, and help with securing state-funded assistance.
The food bank is also a resource for individuals and families in times of hardship and a solution to food waste, working with grocery stores and growers to rescue food before it reaches landfills. In collaboration with the community, the food bank advocates for policy change and promote dialogue on ways to increase access to food and to improve the lives of those we serve. Houston Food Bank works alongside partner food banks in Montgomery County, Galveston Country, and Brazos Valley, and is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.