Houston Food Bank Receives $7,000 Grant from "Hunger Is," Safeway Foundation & Entertainment Industry Foundation

Hunger Is, a joint charitable campaign of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, teams up with the nationwide network of Feeding America food banks to raise public awareness

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 11/20/2014, 5:30 p.m.
Houston Food Bank has received a $7,000 grant from Hunger Is to help solve childhood hunger in their community. Houston ...

HOUSTON…Houston Food Bank has received a $7,000 grant from Hunger Is to help solve childhood hunger in their community. Houston Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America network of food banks, was nominated by the managers of Randalls stores in Greater Houston to receive this grant, which was made possible by customers who contributed generously during a month-long, in-store fundraiser this spring. Hunger Is, the joint charitable program of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) featuring Academy Award®-nominated actress and Hunger Is Ambassador Viola Davis, raised more than $4.6 million from shoppers throughout 1,300 Safeway family of stores across the country, as well as through online contributions, to support eradicating childhood hunger in the United States.

Hunger Is allowed the local stores to identify an organization to receive the grant to help make a difference in their own community. The $7,000 Hunger Is grant will support local child hunger-relief efforts in providing sufficient and healthy meals to local children in need, like Backpack Buddy Program. With support from community partners, the Houston Food Bank is able to provide support to the approximately 5,000 children in Southeast Texas that experience hunger on any given day.

“We’re very grateful to receive this Hunger Is grant and the recognition of the local Randalls managers for our commitment to hunger-relief,” said Brian Greene, Houston Food Bank president/CEO. “It is imperative that the children in our community have basic necessities like food in order to succeed, and this grant will most certainly make a difference. We thank everyone who donated to the campaign – together, we are solving hunger.”

To learn more about the Hunger Is campaign, visit HungerIs.org. For ways to get involved in hunger-relief efforts locally, visit www.HoustonFoodBank.org.

About the Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank is a solution to hunger in times of need. America’s largest, the Food Bank distributes 59 million nutritious meals through its network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger relief charities in southeast Texas, feeding 800,000 individual each year. Fresh produce, meat and nonperishables are distributed from the warehouse at 535 Portwall, and meals for kids are prepared and distributed from Keegan Center, a 15,000 square-foot industrial kitchen. Additional community services include nutrition education, school-based programs, food stamp applications and hands-on job training. Red Barrels offer a convenient way for grocery shoppers to donate nonperishables for their neighbors in need. The Houston Food Bank, founded in 1982, is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Visit us online. Website: HoustonFoodBank.org; Facebook: facebook.com/HoustonFoodBank; Twitter: @HoustonFoodBank; Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/houstonfoodbank

About Hunger Is

Hunger Is, a joint charitable program of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America. Funds raised through Hunger Is directly benefit programs focused on combating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes.

Through the Hunger Is Advisory Committee (HIAC), Hunger Is works together with the leading hunger organizations including Drexel University, Center for Hunger-Free Communities; Feeding America; Food Research and Action Center (FRAC); New York City Coalition Against Hunger; Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign; and WhyHunger. The HIAC provides guidance in defining and addressing needs and makes funding recommendations for approval by The Safeway Foundation and EIF Boards of Directors.