Our network of food banks reaches every county in Texas — making us uniquely prepared to serve as a central point of contact for information, resources, and donations in the event of a disaster.
When a disaster happens somewhere in Texas, the Feeding Texas network of food banks are on the front lines feeding those in need and providing food to other nonprofits. Feeding Texas serves as the hub of the network, helping to improve the flow of goods through the supply chain, collecting and disseminating information, managing fund and food donations, and providing operational support to food banks.
Food banks fill a critical role in helping individuals, families, and communities stay nourished when disaster strikes. During a disaster, Feeding Texas mobilizes its network of food banks to provide millions of pounds of water and supplies to impacted communities. We also work with federal, state, and local officials throughout the response phase of a disaster to deliver additional food aid, coordinate, and maximize the impact of our food banks in the recovery zone.
Feeding Texas makes long-term disaster recovery efforts possible by helping to reimburse and replenish depleted food supplies, meet the increased demand for supplies and services that continue long after a disaster strikes, and prepare for the next disaster by building food bank capacity.
Feeding Texas and our network of food banks delivered more than 43 million pounds of food, water, and supplies to devastated communities affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
When Hurricane Harvey struck in 2017, the efficiency of the Feeding Texas network ensured donations and supplies reached those in need. Harvey directly impacted six of our food banks, but every food bank in our network pitched in with food and supplies in the week immediately following the storm.
Feeding Texas and the statewide network of food banks have distributed over 400 million pounds of food since the start of the COVID-19 economic downturn.
The number of families seeking assistance from Texas food banks has doubled since March of 2020. Food banks served, on average, 400,000 families weekly in the first six months of the pandemic. Over half of these families were seeking food assistance for the first time.