Houston Food Bank needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed as the Houston Food Bank said it still needs to fill about 3,600 disaster requests.

HOUSTON – The Houston Food Bank needs help as it continues to try to feed those in need.

The local nonprofit has been working diligently since the derecho arrived in the Houston area last week.

In their warehouse, they have a carousel room, which gets its name because as food is separated, it is organized into containers and then placed on a carousel, like a conveyor belt, that moves the items to the next destination.

The process is one reason the Houston Food Bank needs volunteers, like the 200 from Haliburton who showed up Tuesday, to help with sorting and packaging.

They are putting together disaster boxes that each contain about 10 meals.

If you need help, there is a new website where you can type in your address and it will show you the closest places where storm victims can pick up food; There are many throughout the city.

“A lot of elected officials and government officials are setting up distribution sites, so we’re supplying them as well, and at cooling centers,” said Amy Ragan with the Houston Food Bank.

Corporate partners like Haliburton are a big help, but the Houston Food Bank needs more volunteers for all shifts, seven days a week. You can register on the Houston Food Bank website. Children ages 6 and up are welcome.

Since the storms hit, the Houston Food Bank has distributed about 400,000 pounds of food. That breakdown boils down to 165 pallets of food, water and supplies. They still have about 3,600 more disaster orders to fulfill.

If you’ve ever been hit by a natural disaster or lost power for days and the food in your refrigerator spoiled, you know how much it can mean.