HOUSTON – Harris County is providing $550,000 to help combat food insecurity.
The Harris County Healthy Food Financing Initiative will increase the availability of fresh and nutritious food in underserved communities by funding innovative solutions through community partners, the county announced Wednesday in a press release.
The first round of grants totaling $550,000 was awarded to six partners: HOPE Clinic, Houston Food Bank, Little Red Box, Small Places, Common Market Texas and Urban Harvest.
Here is how the organizations plan to allocate the grant:
- HOPE Clinic: Teach restauranteurs to prepare healthy food for their menus.
- Houston Food Bank: Increase food pantry capacity and SNAP enrollment.
- Little Red Box: Make healthy food available for pick-up in the Second Ward.
- Finca Tres Robles: Host interactive classes and create an outlet for fresh produce with a store and kitchen in the East End.
- Common Market Texas: Provide healthy food at a 25% discount to food retailers.
- Urban Harvest: Support operations of its mobile market and coordinate healthy food access efforts among community organizations.
Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis said the initiative will benefit thousands of Harris County residents, many of which are children, who do not have access to fresh and nutritious food, either because they cannot afford it or they live in one of our county’s many food deserts.
“Particularly at a time when many residents are experiencing hardship, it is a privilege to invest in our residents’ health and wellbeing, and expand access to healthy food to more communities,” Ellis said in a written statement. “Through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, the County is supporting the work of local organizations helping to meet residents’ basic needs.”