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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Houston Food Bank

Saturday morning the wife and I worked another volunteer stint at the Houston Food Bank.  I encourage all of you, no matter if you are young or old, black or white, male or female, liberal or conservative, to pitch in now and then and help out your community.

We like to think of America as the "land of plenty" but there are plenty of poorer people out there who need help.  Sure, some take advantage of society's largesse, but most of those using public services really do need them. 

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.

In the four hours that we worked at the Food Bank, we, and a few of about another 75 people, packed up four pallets full of enough "Senior Boxes" to feed 35,000 individuals.  I have volunteered multiple times at the Food Bank, but I never even knew they had something called a "Senior Box."  

If you're curious, a "Senior Box" is composed of two boxes of cereal, two 64-oz bottles of orange juice, two cans of green beans, two cans or peas, two cans of corn, two 16-oz bags of rice, 1 gallon of water, etc.

The Houston Food Bank is the largest food bank in the United States, a rather dubious honor. It feeds over 800,000 people per year.  It's great to see so many corporate entities joining in and donating massive amounts of food, and it's wonderful to see so many Houstonians giving of their time to help those less fortunate. 

If not us, who?

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