HOUSTON, TX - When was the last time you heard that a bank was awarded for helping families in need. It's the Houston Food Bank, folks: what else?
"Houston Food Bank has over sixty thousand volunteers per year," said President Brian Green. "We have built an infrastructure that it has enabled us to distribute sixty-five million meals per year, reaching 800,000 people."
The national organization Feeding America has named the Houston Food Bank the 2015-2016 Food Bank of the Year, for its outstanding work and efficiency in helping the community it serves.
"No organization deserves recognition more than the Houston Food Bank," expressed Harris County Judge Ed Emmett during a press conference at HFB headquarters in East Houston. "I think the Houston Food Bank is uniquely positioned to not only help us but to advise us on what we need to do to get food into the hands of the people who need it."
The Houston Food Bank wanted to make sure this award also recognizes its staff, partners, elected officials and especially the countless volunteers, many of whom can't hide their emotions.
"I'm moved because it does touch you to grow up poor and to see kids still without anything to eat," said Mary Green. She's a committed volunteer who wants to give back to the community. Mary leaves home at 4:30am and travels about three hours each way to be at the food bank and help others.
"I enjoy the food bank," she added. "I enjoy giving up my time, because God has been good to me."
Congressman Gene Green, Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Council members Ed Gonzalez and Jerry Davis, and USDA Regional Administrator Bill Ludwig were also in attendance.
"There are a lot of folks in this area who don't have access to the reaches that most of us enjoy, and who go to bed hungry at night," said Mayor Parker.
It's sad that there's a need for an organization such as the Houston Food Bank, but it's good to know in our city, they're the best of the best.