The Houston Food Bank hosted a fun and nutritious event for more than 300 children in summer 2018. The goal was to increase awareness of healthy summer meals available at the food bank’s meal sites in Southeast Texas. The Astros Foundation, the charitable arm of the Houston Astros baseball team, funded enrichment activities and provided a book van that allowed children to select a book to take home. Children also made recipes with the food bank’s nutrition education team.
The Houston Food Bank partners with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to serve summer meals through the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. Children 18 years old and younger enjoy nutritious meals at no cost to the child. The meals help ensure children have the nutrition they need for an active and healthy summer.
In addition to providing the event activities, the Astros Foundation provided the Houston Food Bank with funds for a van and a food truck this year. The food bank will use the vehicles to deliver meals to apartment complexes in Pasadena and Baytown.
“The premise is to provide meals for children who don’t have access to transportation to a SFSP site,” said Stephanie Berno, director of outreach services at Houston Food Bank. “Baytown and Pasadena have high numbers of children qualifying for free or reduced price lunches during the school year and the communities also have a lack of public transportation.”