Nov. 18: Shopping dangers, hunger in Houston

By Khambrel Marshall - Meteorologist, 'Newsmakers' Host

HOUSTON - Shopping dangers, hunger in Houston and changes to Thanksgiving Day Feast are topics on this week's Houston Newsmakers.

Crime goes up. That's a  fact this holiday season and police agencies throughout Southeast Texas want you to be aware of that fact for the safety of you and your loved ones. Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Sandy Johnson has very good advice we can all follow to stay safe this holiday season and beyond

Nearly 900,000 people received help from the Houston Food Bank this year. 60% of those have had to choose between eating or paying bills and 47% are children.

It is a startling statistic that barely scratches the surface about the challenges of food insecure families.   Food insecure means that families run the risk of running out of  food every day. Betsy Ballard, the Chief Communications Officer for the Houston Food Bank talks about the mission of the Food Bank and how you can help the organization reach the hundreds of thousands in Southeast Texas who need it. Ballard is joined by Jean West Evans, Executive Director of the Emergency Aid Coalition, an organization that feeds thousands because of the low price they have to pay through the Food Bank.

Big changes to the annual Thanksgiving Day feast in downtown Houston. Gone is the Super Feast and the Big Feast -- replaced by what is now known as the Super Big Feast.  The City Wide Club of America will be hosting its 34th annual Thanksgiving Day feast.  This year Waste Management, the sponsors of the Super Feast, are partnering with them and together expect to feed almost 35,000 people.

Stephanie Lewis is the Regional Project Director for the City Wide Club of America and Lynn Brown is Vice President, Corporate Communications for Waste Management. They told Khambrel why they are collaborating this year, why it will be even bigger and better and how volunteers can sign up to help.

Tune in for an informative and uplifting half hour of  Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall Sunday at 10 a.m., right after Meet the Press with David Gregory.

More Information:

  • Harris County Sheriff's Office, 713-221-6000,
  • Betsy Ballard, Chief Communications Officer-Houston Food Bank, (713) 223-3700,
  • Jean West Evans, Executive Dir. Emergency Aid Coalition, (713) 522-0667,
  • Stephanie Lewis, Regional Project Director-City Wide Club of  America, 713-752-2582,
  • Lynn Brown, Vice President, Communications, Waste Management, 713-512-6200,

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