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Share Your Christmas Food Drive
This year marks the 25th anniversary of 12News and the Southeast Texas Food Bank working together to conduct a special holiday season food and fund drive to help Southeast Texans in need. In a typical year, approximately 1 in 5 Southeast Texans leans on the Southeast Texas Food Bank for hunger relief consistently or at some point in the year. This year, in the wake of Tropical Storm Imelda’s impact on our area, the need is even greater because disasters create need even for families who might not ordinarily rely on the Food Bank for food assistance.
We are grateful for food collection partnerships with HEB, Kroger, and Market Basket that allow individuals to support this food drive by purchasing items at those stores and leaving them on-site in a collection receptacle for us to pick up and bring to the Food Bank. We also thank Community Bank of Texas for hosting food collection receptacles in its branches as well.
Businesses, churches, schools, and other organizations are encouraged to support us by hosting a food and fund drive of their own and sharing the food and funds gathered by Thursday, December 19. Organizations are also invited to consider being part of a special promotional broadcast day hosted by 12 News on Thursday, December 5. For more details on how organizations can participate in the Share Your Christmas Food Drive and the broadcast day, please see the information below.
Our Standard Needs
Without your help, Southeast Texas Food Bank would be unable to accomplish its vision of eliminating hunger and inadequate nutrition in Southeast Texas. Your generous donations of time and money make it possible for us to provide a helping hand when needed to hundreds of families in our area. If you would like to get involved, there are many ways to do so. Your cash donations are a critical part of our continued operations, but if you aren’t in a place to help financially, you can certainly volunteer in one of the following ways.
What is a Food and Fund Drive?
A food and fund drive is an excellent opportunity for practically any segment of the greater Southeast Texas community to become direct partners with the Southeast Texas Food Bank in our fight to end hunger. A food and fund drive can be conducted by churches, neighborhoods, businesses, unions, service clubs, schools, military units, scouts, sports teams, or any group of dedicated people who realize it takes local initiative to solve a local problem.
How Does a Food and Fund Drive Help the Food Bank?
Food and fund drives are critical to the ongoing mission of collecting and redistributing millions of pounds of food to poor and hungry individuals and families in Southeast Texas. Cash donations are equally important and are used to operate the Southeast Texas Food Bank’s warehouse, to purchase much of the food we distribute, to pay for utilities to run our huge freezers and coolers, and to cover fuel and maintenance for our refrigerated trucks. The food and monetary donations you raise during your drive will be quickly reinvested into many Food Bank programs. Last year, the Southeast Texas Food Bank distributed more than 5.5 million pounds of food and grocery products to 120 human service agencies, including soup kitchens, church food pantries, neighborhood centers, and family crisis shelters.
You can begin by promoting your food and fund drive now! Share information throughout your community to raise involvement early in the process. You can also promote your food and fund drive in community and church bulletins, through local TV, radio and newspaper media outlets, at neighborhood grocery stores and many other locations.
Set a Goal
No matter what your approach, it helps to have a specific goal for your food and fund drive. This gives participants something to work toward and a benchmark for success.
Your food and fund drive can be more fun and successful if you decide upon some creative approaches. Use cans as entry into a sporting event in lieu of tickets or hold a CAN-struction sculpture contest among teams or groups of people. Call the Food Bank for more ideas.
Set Up a Central Location
Collect donated food and grocery items at a central location throughout your drive. This will make it easier to load your food at the completion of your food drive. Assign one or two individuals to be responsible for financial contributions to the Food Bank.
Make It Educational
Participating in a food and fund drive is an excellent opportunity to educate your neighbors, friends and family about the meaning of community sharing, hunger and nutrition, economics and volunteerism, as well as what the food bank is all about.
Make the Delivery!
At the completion of your successful food and fund drive, contact the Southeast Texas Food Bank to schedule a drop-off of your donated items. All the food donated helps us in the fight against hunger in Southeast Texas. Whether you decide to bring in a bag of groceries to the Food Bank or organize a food and fund drive, you can be assured that your contribution will be put to good use.
Suggested Food Drive Items
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Stews
- Canned Soups
- Canned Luncheon Meats
- Canned Tuna or Chicken
- Canned Fruits or Vegetables
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Full Meals in a Can/Box
- Boxed or Canned Juices
- Canned or Shelf-Stable Milk
Contact the Food Bank at 409-839-8777 or toll free at 844-356-9084