Houston pastor collaborates with Beyoncé to open food distribution site for COVID-19 relief efforts

A volunteer loads a basket of food into a car at a food bank in Houston on June 17, 2020. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Beyoncé has teamed up with a Houston pastor’s organization by opening a drive-thru food distribution site for COVID-19 relief.

The distribution site is at St. John’s Downtown Houston every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is also offering free COVID-19 testing.

Rudy Rasmus is the pastor of the church located at 2019 Crawford St. and the founder of Bread of Life, Inc. Rasmus said the organization is also accepting résumés from mental health care professionals who specialize in trauma and/or natural disasters.

Rasmus said he has made it his mission to respond to life’s disasters.

“Now, we are taking another step forward with the mental health of our community by putting caseworkers on the ground. We will be looking for those who have been most affected healthwise and have the least support. That’s where we will specialize,” Rasmus said.

“She’s a hometown person, she’s a hometown church member and she really has always been a supporter of the mission that St. Johns is about,” said Bread of Life Project Manager Robin Owens.

Right now what you are seeing is 700 people coming through this line to get fresh food through our partnership with the Houston Foodbank,” said Owens. Everything that you would need to have a fresh, healthy basket of food.”

While they come here to get food, they’re also getting faces that they recognize, a church that they are familiar with, as well as the love and respect, and dignity that St. Johns and Bread of Life have been about for the past 25 years,” said Owens.


This story has been corrected to remove a reference to Megan Thee Stallion after new information was received from the organizers of the event.