Local Hero NON-PROFIT 2018 Finalists
And the finalists for your favorite FOOD NON-PROFIT are the Houston Food Bank, Second Servings and Brighter Bites - all dedicated to giving back to our community! Read about these terrific organizations and CAST YOUR VOTE for your favorite.
Brighter Bites is creating communities of health through fresh food using a simple formula of produce distribution + nutrition education + fun food experience. At local Houston schools and summer camps, parents/volunteers pack bags of fresh produce and nutrition education that families take home each week during three eight-week sessions. Our research shows the Brighter Bites model provides consistent opportunities for children and their families to practice healthier behaviors in school and at home.
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The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. America’s largest and nationally recognized as Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year in 2015, the Food Bank distributes 83 million nutritious meals through its network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger relief charities in southeast Texas, feeding 800,000 individuals each year. They distribute fresh produce, meat and nonperishables from their warehouse at 535 Portwall, where they also prepare nutritious hot meals for kids in their new state-of-the-art Keegan Kitchen. HFB rescues food before it reaches the landfill through its Retail Pickup program with area grocery stores. Additional community services include nutrition education, school-based programs, and SNAP (formerly food stamps) application assistance. 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.