Charity of the week
After America’s worst-ever rainstorm left nearly a third of Houston submerged and tens of thousands of people displaced, the Houston Food Bank (houstonfoodbank.org) pledged to provide food and supplies for residents of southeast Texas who will be struggling to rebuild their lives for many months to come. Founded in 2008, the organization works with community groups to collect and distribute food to local food pantries in Houston and its surrounding areas. In addition to distributing fresh produce, canned and frozen food, and other nonperishables, the charity offers a variety of services, including classes on nutrition and assistance in applying for state-funded social services. Recognizing that many local children who rely on school meals do not have enough to eat outside of class, it also offers a program that “fills a backpack” with weekend food for kids in food-insecure homes.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■