Houston Meals Financial institution is increasing its attain in the course of the pandemic

HOUSTON, Texas (KIAH) Like many organizations, the Houston Food Bank made some changes in its approach to helping the community during the pandemic.

In the wake of the ongoing crisis, food officials say the unemployment rate has risen exponentially, creating a more urgent need for emergency food aid.

Houston has 1.1 million food insecure households. The tablet now serves 800,000 families. That is more than 50 percent more households than they previously fed.

Nicole Lander, Houston Food Bank’s Chief Impact Officer, said, “People are back to work, but the overwhelming needs of our underserved communities remain the same.”

Lander says food insecurity rates are lower than they were 18 months ago. The pandemic resulted in an increase in the number of messages, website clicks and phone calls. That means more people are looking for help.

“I think general awareness of our work has increased exponentially because they have literally seen us put food in people’s cars,” Lander said.

According to Lander, the organization’s commitment is to provide nutritious food to anyone looking for their next meal. The bottom line, however, is that they want households to be fed.

“Just as you saw a grocery store change its curb, its home delivery, so did the Houston Food Bank. We wanted to make sure that people in vulnerable situations might not have transportation or a daycare. Or maybe they have a co-mobility or illness that they cannot leave. We have also started to pick up from the curb at our on-site delivery center, ”said Lander.

With the current increased demand for food, the Houston Food Bank is in constant need of volunteers. Lander says if you can’t give money, give time.

There are so many ways you can contribute to the Houston Food Bank. To name a few, donate food, time, and money. One dollar equals three meals.

More information is available at HoustonFoodBank.org.

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