An estimated one in four children in Southeast Texas is at risk of hunger. Our partnership with the Houston Food Bank is essential to fighting that statistic. This collaboration is one of our favorite ways we serve our community. An ongoing project that’s especially near to our hearts is the Backpack Buddy program.
Backpack Buddy Program
The program began 11 years ago as a way to ensure schoolchildren and their families have access to nutritious food when they aren’t at school. Every Friday, volunteers pack up thousands of food sacks, each containing six meals. The meals contain balanced amounts of fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy, and proteins. It’s enough to share with siblings and even parents. Best of all, they fit perfectly inside the students’ backpacks.
Ameritex Movers is happy to give back to our community schools. The Houston Food Bank doesn’t have access to the number of trucks it needs, so we do our part and deliver the food to local schools each week. Every Friday since 2014, Ameritex volunteers our trucks and our time to provide meals to at-risk children and their families. In a year, we deliver anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 packs all over the city of Houston.
Get Involved In Your Community
We do everything we can to aid in this effort. But we can’t do it without your help! Far too many of our Houston students depend on school lunches just to get by. As a result, they are most susceptible to malnutrition during the weekends and holidays. For this reason, the Backpack Buddy program is essential to the well-being of our area children.
If you would like your child to be included in the Backpack Buddy program, contact his or her elementary school’s administration to find out if the school is a participating member. If not, you can direct them to the information packet to find out more.
To volunteer your time or make a donation, visit the Houston Food Bank’s website.
Our Partnership With the Houston Food Bank
As the largest food bank in the United States, the Houston Food Bank deserves our support. Ameritex takes every opportunity to serve alongside the HFB.
Past collaborations include:
- Humans Helping Humans food drive to benefit Harvey victims
- M.D. Anderson food drive
- Annual Canstruction event and Houston Dynamo food drives
Curious about what Ameritex Movers is doing to help Houstonians? Visit our Love Our Community page, where you’ll find all of our latest volunteer efforts.