FEED THE CHILDREN CARAVAN HELPS TEXAS FAMILIES

Need

On March 3, 2010, Feed The Children distributed eight semi tractor-trailers full of food and personal care items to New Light Church, located at 7317 E. Houston Rd. in Houston. And on April 28, 2010, the charity brought two semi tractor-trailers full of food and personal care items to The Family Church, located at 800 E. Whitewing Ave. in McAllen. These distributions were the latest stops on Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan. Since its inception in February 2009, the caravan has helped more than 60,000 families across the country in cities that have been affected by the economic downturn. Feed The Children is planning similar distributions in more than 20 major American cities this year, with a goal of helping at least 200,000 families by the end of 2010.

Solution

The caravan deliveries in Texas helped 3,200 families in Houston and 800 families in the McAllen area. In both cities, Feed The Children’s partner agencies helped pre-identify the recipient families. Each family received a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of personal care items, and a box of Avon products. The boxes were supplied with enough food to help a family for up to one week. “The Americans Feeding Americans project is geared toward families who are suffering during this economic downturn,” said Tony Sellars, spokesperson for Feed The Children. “Many of these families were considered middle class a year ago. The rules have now changed. A lot of these people for the first time in their lives are not able to provide for their families. We appreciate our partner agencies in Houston and McAllen and the teamwork that helped make these distributions possible.”

Impact

Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, OK, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the United States, based on private, non-government support. Employees throughout the state of Texas give generously to Feed The Children each year through the Texas SECC. This generosity plays an important role in helping Feed The Children to continue its mission.