Harris County’s ESD 48 Fire Department is helping families in the Houston area get enough food this holiday season.
As part of the ABC13 Share Your Holidays Food Drive, the Emergency Services District is accepting non-perishable food donations at drop-off points outside of its four stations, which will now take place on Friday, December 4th.
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The Food Drive in aid of the Houston Food Bank is in its 40th year. The Houston Food Bank, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, supports the approximately 1.1 million people facing food insecurity in the 18 counties it serves, according to its website.
HCESD 48 assisted the Spring Fire Department in their efforts last year, but this is the first year that their stations have served as collection points. Jason Tharp, HCESD 48 community director of risk reduction and public information officer, said the department is looking forward to playing a bigger role this holiday season based on her experience last year.
HCESD 48 has reached out to Cy-Fair and Westlake Fire Departments and others to help as many families as possible.
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“The supply is declining and the demand is currently increasing with the coronavirus and everything that’s going on. And you know, just like Katy ISD prepares her meals every week, there is definitely a demand for them right now, ”explained Tharp.
He said with the economic impact of the pandemic, HCESD held 48 other events to help those in need across the Katy area. It recently teamed up with the Katy Lions Club and Katy Christian Ministries for a food drive.
“We want to make sure we are giving back to our community and that nobody goes hungry during the holiday season,” Tharp said, adding that he hopes the event will have a big turnout.
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With health and safety concerns paramount, food is collected by opening a trunk or door to minimize contact.
The trip takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drop-off points include:
Station 1 at 24127 Western Center Drive
Station 3 at 1773 Westgreen Blvd.
Station 4 at 22855 Franz Road
Station 5 at 21201 Morton Road
To donate money instead, visit www.houstonfoodbank.org or call 713-547-8623. For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide 30 meals for those in need.