Parker: Houston Gets Largest Donation Of Produce In The World

Just in time for Christmas, produce growers, distributors, shippers and retailers combine their resources to make the largest donation ever of fresh produce for hunger relief in Houston.

Children from the Parish School in west Houston get people in the spirit as the Houston Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association donated over 2 million pounds of produce for hunger relief.

Benjamin Samuels, chairs the board of the Houston Food Bank. He says they're trying to move more produce for those in need.

"Fresh fruits and vegetables changes the whole meal. It is not just cans of food. It is a way that you can get real nutrition into families throughout the community. Literally half of the people that receive food from the Houston Food Bank are children, and this is how we can provide nutrition to them this time of year."

Mayor ParkerHouston Mayor Annise Parker says at more than 2 million pounds, it marks the largest donation of produce in the world.

"Ninety-four percent of the people who seek services for food insecurity are working poor. They're not homeless, but they have limited incomes and often, it's the fresh fruits and vegetables that they really crave and need and don't have access to. So, this donation is particularly important."

Besides the donation of fruits and vegetables, a local grocer donated 25K to the Houston Food Bank. President Brian Green says that money will go to help less fortunate families who can'tĀ  afford their daily requirement of fruitsĀ and vegetables.

"Because we need to be really focused on the nutritional quality of what we distribute. It's what we should be focusing on anyway."

The produce will be distributed to more than 500 member agencies that serve 18 counties throughout southeast Texas.

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...