Looking Back at 2020: Responding to COVID-19


In 2020...

  • Over 20 million pounds of food distributed to those in under-resourced areas

  • Over 500,000 masks distributed throughout Greater Houston with Masks for All project

  • Interviewed 35 denominational, medical, and organizational leaders for the Faith Leader Insight Series

  • Produced Reopening Guidelines for Congregations with partnering organizations

The COVID-19 pandemic came with numerous questions and uncertainty. Congregations and partner organizations all over Greater Houston came together to do what they could for their communities. Half a million masks were produced and distributed at food distribution sites with the Masks For All program. Millions of pounds of food were dispersed within under-resourced communities that lived in food deserts or had a lack of transportation. We worked together with local congregations to create Reopening Guidelines to help transition churches to in-person meetings. Throughout the year we interviewed 35 congregational and community leaders for our Faith Lead Insight Series to help guide congregations throughout the pandemic. We are so grateful for the dedication these congregations had to their communities this last year. Join us in celebrating them and seeing their accomplishments below!

 

Over 20 Million Pounds of Food Distributed

For many communities in Greater Houston, access to food and necessary goods was limited during the 2020 pandemic. Coalitions, congregations, and local partners teamed up to hold food drives for those living in food deserts and in under-resourced areas. Many of these food distribution centers are still in place today, but last year they were able to serve over 20 MILLION pounds of food. We have many stories of the hard work these groups have put into their communities, but below are a few of our favorites.

THE RESTORATION TEAM When the COVID19 pandemic hit in March 2020, The Restoration Team made the decision to suspend their volunteer program for a few months. While they were still active in-home repair through paid contractors and smaller work teams of staff, they shifted some of our priorities and resources to food distribution.


The Restoration Team served with the Fair Haven Food Pantry every day from March to December. In partnership with Chapelwood Serving Ministries, they organized volunteers, registered food recipients, sorted, boxed, and distributed food.


With roughly 300 families coming through each day, they were able to serve 63,441 families and 316,395 individuals in need of food. In this time, volunteers spent 16,000 hours distributing 2,300,000 lbs of fresh produce and dry goods. All-in-all the Fair Haven Food Pantry has accounted for 13% of the Houston Food Bank’s distribution.



HR NORTHEAST coalition teamed up with Community Works CDC, High 5 After School Program, and our Masks For All project to distribute food and masks to those in their community. They served every Wednesday from at Villas on the Green.



HR SOUTHEASTcoalitionvolunteered their time at the Oak Meadows Civic Club with congregational leaders from both Iglesia Restauración Vida Cristiana and El Shaddai Ministries. Together they served over 300 people, including 30 homebound elders.



HR EAST HARRIS coalition teamed up with St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church every Tuesday to give two bags of food to families in need. In the photo above, they were able to serve over 170 families! We are so grateful for all of their help in the community.



 

Over 500,000 Masks Distributed in Masks For All Project