Volunteer pack boxes at the Houston Food Bank.

AS FRED ROGERS ONCE SAID: “ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE HELPERS.” During the Covid-19 pandemic, as hundreds of thousands of Houstonians have lost jobs and many have gone without regular meals, the helpers have been out there. Nonprofit organizations have risen to the challenge of this time, cooking meals and supplying produce and dry goods for those needing assistance.

Here’s a snapshot at the astounding impact they’ve had on Houston, in the first three months of the pandemic alone, by the numbers:

7,430 

Children ages 5 and younger fed per day, on average, by Kids’ Meals bagged lunch program. 

$10 million

Estimated value of food rescued by Second Servings from food donors from March to May 2020. 

5,500,000

Pounds of produce donated by local farmers to Houston Food Bank in April. 

57,811,179

Total pounds of food distributed by the Houston Food Bank to its sites.

65,000

Chef-prepared meals provided to Houstonians by Second Servings through its Dinner’s On Us program, launched at the start of the pandemic. 

200

Volunteers per week cooking and packing lunches and driving and delivering meals at Kids’ Meals (reduced from more than 2,000 a week due to concerns about spreading the virus.)

134,000

Households per week, on average, served by Houston Food Bank via food pantries and assistance programs

22,875

Meals distributed from Houston Shift Meal–partnered restaurants to food and bar workers during the first months of the pandemic. 

94,763

Individual volunteers working at Houston Food Bank and pantries during the first phase of the pandemic.

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