Houston Food Bank
Houston Food Bank is a private non-profit organization founded in 1982 Houston, Texas and is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. The Houston Food Bank is America's largest food bank in distribution to its network of nearly 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Named top charity in Texas by Charity Navigator for financial performance and accountability, the Food Bank provides 74 million nutritious meals to food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding 137,000 people each week. The organization plans to grow to provide 100 million nutritious meals annually by 2018.
The houston food bank's core program is large-scale distribution of food and non-food items such as diapers and cleaning supplies to over 600 hunger relief agencies, which then provides aid directly to 800,000 individuals annually throughout our 18-county service area. The network of partner agencies includes food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other meal sites at community centers. During fy 2017-18, the food bank distributed the equivalent of 122 million nutritious meals, based on 159 million pounds of distributed product. This was an increase of over 60% from the prior year as a result of the food bank's response to assist those impacted by hurricane harvey. Because the food bank places a high priority on nutrition, 30% of the total distribution was fresh fruit and vegetables. The value of the total distributed was over $257 million in donated and purchased food. The houston food bank has the highest level of food distribution in the feeding america network of food banks.
Child Hunger Initiatives$7.4m
One in four southeast texas children are at-risk of hunger, which means they don't have consistent access to enough nutritious food. The houston food bank's backpack buddy program provides a food sack on fridays during the school year to children who otherwise might have nothing to eat on the weekend. Teachers report that these children are better able to learn when they return to school monday morning. In fy 2017-18, 414,006 food sacks were distributed at 679 schools. The kids cafe program provides a prepared balanced meal for children at after-school programs operated by partners such as ymca, salvation army, boys and girls clubs and other locations. The program also is offered in the summer, when the number of children served increases dramatically. In fy 2017-18, 9,792 children were served at 130 sites during the school year, and 11,314 children at 235 sites in the summer.
Client Assistance Program$10m
Snap (supplemental nutrition assistance program, formerly food stamps) is the most effective means in our country for addressing hunger. Food acquired through use of snap benefits far outweighs the amount of food available through the system of private charities. Houston food bank's client assistance program (cap) provides application assistance for snap and other state-funded social and health services, including medicaid and chip (children's health insurance program). In addition to offering services at the houston food bank, cap staff travel to community locations to provide application assistance and interviews to determine eligibility. Cases are submitted electronically to the state for review. Staff can issue electronic benefit transfer cards to clients in order to expedite receipt of benefits after eligibility is determined and approved by the state. Services are available in english, spanish and vietnamese. In fy 2017-18, 15,609 applications were processed, which generated over 15.6 million meals.
Other Program Services$0
New market credit
Building to foster redevelopment of the low
Income neighborhood in which it operates. Hfb,
Through a related organization, purchased new
Facilities of which approximately 1/3 is
Currently rented to a food company.