In a matter of eight days, the food distribution sites operated by the Houston Independent School District in partnership with the Houston Food Bank assisted nearly 40,000 families.
The 61 food distributions served approximately 1 million pounds of food to families in need before being canceled late Wednesday. Nearly 2,000 staff and volunteers assisted with the efforts and were able to serve 5,000 families per day throughout HISD.
The cancellation of the distribution sites will remain in effect as the district re-evaluates its process for safely delivering this service to students and families.
Although the distribution sites have been canceled, there are options for families in need.
The City of Houston is operating a curbside meal program at 50 community centers around the city Monday through Friday, from 1 to 3 p.m. Lunch and a snack are available for youth ages one to 18.Only children who come to the site for pick-up can receive the meal. Parents are not allowed to take food for a child that is not present at the time of pick-up.
Additionally, families can visit HoustonFoodBank.org to see the 250 open partner sites that are located across greater Houston.