It is common for the Houston Food Bank to advertise after a storm or disaster, but the need for food in Houston is an issue year round.
At the Houston Food Bank, the number of families seeking help has increased by 74% since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and one of those people is Army Veteran Tausha Rainey.
“I was released just before the pandemic,” Rainey said. “The Houston Food Bank has helped me a lot.”
Rainey receives her meal as part of the non-profit veterans program.
“They will notify veterans that they have a veteran-only pantry day,” she said. “The potatoes are the most helpful, they give a lot of beans and rice and a lot of good, long-lasting items.”
Tausha says she has a network of eight to ten veterans who visit the pantry and make sure everyone has the food they need.
“We make sure we’re in contact with each other,” said Rainey. “Sometimes we’ll take care of each other because some veterans are homebound.”
Rainey appreciates the Houston Food Bank’s generosity and says that they fully intend to return the favor.
“You are doing a great job,” she said. “I look forward to doing my part to help someone the way they helped me.”
Texas “FreedomHou” at 4-1-444 to make a donation to the Houston Food Bank.
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