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The Houston Food Bank sells Christmas boxes at NRG.

The Houston Food Bank has distributed a record £ 272 million in food since the Houston pandemic in March 2020 – an 86% increase over the 12-month period prior to COVID-19.

A Houston Food Bank spokesman said demand is greater than ever and is even surpassing the year after Hurricane Harvey.

In May, June and August 2020, the food bank almost tripled the distribution in the same months of 2019.

“For food banks, the pandemic brought new challenges and tested us in ways we have never tested before,” said a statement from Houston Food Bank CEO Brian Greene. “We had to find ways to distribute more food with increased restrictions, do more with fewer volunteers, and all with strict health and safety protocols.”

That need has been heightened for some immigrant families who may not have received stimulus checks due to immigrant status, said Cathy Moore, director of the nonprofit ECHOS, which operates a pantry that provides Houston Food Bank groceries to immigrant families.

Although ECHOS has had to cut services significantly due to the lack of volunteers, Moore said their pantry is serving more groceries than it did before the pandemic.

“The need for food has always been great, there will always be a great need for food for our community,” said Moore. “But when the pandemic hit last year, the need grew because so many people were unemployed.”

During the pandemic, Houston Food Bank expanded its operations and increased sales through its network of community pantries, neighborhood super locations, and home deliveries in areas like Acres Homes, Sunnyside, and Katy.

Despite the increased distribution of food, the Amatullah volunteer contractor said there are still communities left, including those living in food deserts. After the freezing in Texas, Contractor, along with other volunteers, coordinated the delivery of water and food to Fifth Ward, where some people spent weeks without running water.

“We want to work with the county to run some kind of mobile grocery initiative,” said the contractor. “One of the biggest things we noticed during our efforts in Fifth Ward – there are liquor stores on every corner, but where can you get access to fresh groceries and groceries?”

The contractor, along with volunteers Marcel McLinton and Jacqueline Westman, distributed more than 75 pallets of water and helped around 5,000 residents of Texas after the freeze.

“We want to make sure that these people are able to feed themselves,” said the contractor. “Mainly because if they are largely ignored, we will have to make some investments to make sure they don’t die because the government isn’t careful.”

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