Biden’s tour of the Houston Meals Financial institution, assist with packing containers for kids

The largest table in the country impressed the first couples who wanted to know what else the federal government can do to fight hunger.

Michelle Homer, Melissa Correa, Associated Press

8:25 p.m. CST Feb 26, 2021

8:25 p.m. CST Feb 26, 2021

HOUSTON – One of the stops on President Joe Biden’s trip to Houston was the Houston Food Bank, where he and First Lady Jill Biden jumped in to pack groceries.

The first couple toured the 300,000 square foot facility that helped provide 159 million meals to families in 18 counties last year.

Biden called her work on combating food insecurity “absolutely amazing” and “incredible”.

He met volunteers, including a young couple of siblings, who explained why they were helping, and then hugged him goodbye.

Biden and Texas Governor Greg Abbott then rolled up their sleeves to help.

“We’re here to help, so get to work,” he said.

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The @POTUS is now speaking to volunteers in the Houston area who are packing grocery boxes. # khou11

– Melissa Correa (@KHOUmelissa) February 26, 2021

According to reporters traveling with Mr Biden, he was packing peaches in cans while the governor was packing raisins.

Before the president arrived, Jill Biden joined an assembly line of volunteers loading boxes of oatmeal, juice, and canned goods for kids in the buddy backpacking program. She spoke to Humble ISD Assistant Director Kara Peck, whose school is benefiting from the program. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott was also on hand to help.

The first couple were “very knowledgeable” about the hunger crisis and excited to see what more the federal government can do to help, said Chief Impact Officer Nicole Lander.

“They definitely want to know about hunger, especially among children and the elderly,” Lander said. “They definitely want to understand how their efforts at the federal level can support the food banks more consistently.”

The President and First Lady are now working on @HoustonFoodBank’s boxing setup. Who are they waving to ?! All volunteers able to pack meals for Houstoners in need of help. # khou11

– Melissa Correa (@KHOUmelissa) February 26, 2021

The grocery bank in northeast Houston works with 1,500 community partners to distribute groceries and other essentials.

They were a godsend for hundreds of thousands of families during the COVID pandemic and then after last week’s devastating winter storm.

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The @FLOTUS can be heard laughing and really chatting to a rep from @HoustonFoodBank AND Kara Peck, a local art teacher at @HumbleISD. The women seem like old friends. # khou11

– Melissa Correa (@KHOUmelissa) February 26, 2021

On an earlier tour of the Houston Office of Emergency Management, Biden promised the government would be there to help Texans recover from the historic and COVID-19 crisis.

He heard firsthand from Texans plagued by this month’s brutal winter weather on Friday and promised to stay with them “for the long term.”

“When a crisis hits our states like the one that hit Texas, it’s not a Republican or a Democrat that hurts,” Biden said. “It is our fellow Americans who are hurt, and it is our job to help everyone in need.”

Thank you to some incredible volunteers at the Houston Food Bank @POTUS @FLOTUS

– Jen Psaki (@PressSec) February 26, 2021

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