Texas Freeze Affects Food Banks Weeks Later

Food Banks suffer from limited produce weeks after recent Texas freeze.

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Houston Food Bank mobile delivery provides relief.

Jdron Davis, Student

     As if the ongoing pandemic hasn’t already been a detrimental occurrence leaving millions to suffer through unprecedented circumstances, the recent winter storm in Texas wreaked havoc upon even more citizens in the region early February. The unexpected event created a lack of water and electricity, leaving many without resources necessary to maintain daily wellness. The victims of the horrendous aftermath were not only limited to southern residents alone. Many businesses without power were forced to close until better conditions arose, causing a decline in overall traffic. Shortages of personal care items and toiletries caused pile-ups at stores left with barren shelves. 

     Non-profit organizations had massive losses as well. Since most of the produce used to assist communities at various food bank farms perished in the low temperatures, leaders had to quickly find other providers to replenish much needed produce. Farmers lost bountiful crops in the Rio Grande Valley that were already dedicated to relief plans onset by the coronavirus. Over the past year, these farms have relieved millions of individuals that are in need of supplemental aid. The even higher demand for assistance during a strenuous period is now requiring food bank leaders to outsource produce from other states. Such an integral aid to communities nationwide is once again going above and beyond to provide for those in need during these tumultuous times. Thankfully, the strain on farms has almost gone unnoticed for the general population.

     Since the start of COVID-19, Houston Community College has made various efforts to help within our community. The school network has sent multiple updates about ongoing occurrences and relief contributions. The Eagle Mobile Market was created by HCC as a collaborative effort with the Houston Food Bank to deliver care packages throughout the HCCS community. Trucks are usually scheduled to arrive at different campus locations in the city for several hours at a time during the week. Outreach within the community has helped people who have needed nutritious meal items consisting of fruits, vegetables, meats, and other goodies. Food bank volunteers have done an excellent job in following safety precautions, offering contact-free, curbside pickup (in which they conveniently place the items in your trunk). All that you need is a form of identification to verify your registration, and you are sent on your way with essential items.

    The worst thing that could happen during a devastating global catastrophe is to lose important resources vital to everyday life. Much of Texas suffered not only from the ongoing pandemic, but from a recent winter storm that left many without reliable resources for weeks in duration. An avalanche effect happened when the food banks responsible for relief were also caught in the aftermath weeks later. All that these providers can do now is prepare for the upcoming season as many are still trying to recover from the recent drastic events. Food banks have played a vital role in alleviating much of the stress surrounding necessities like food and water.

 

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