La Comida Food Drive

The Houston Police Department and more than 60 Houston area churches and civic organizations have launched the 22nd annual La Comida Food Drive, which gathers donations of food and other necessities for people in need. Houston Public Radio's Jim Bell reports.

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The La Comida Food Drive collects and delivers food to needy families during the holidays. This annual effort started small in 1985, to help several hundred families, but HPD Assistant Chief Dan Perales says it's grown into a major program that now helps feed many more needy families during the holidays.

"Last year, they collected over 168 cartons of food and $49,000 in cash, which resulted in over 3,500 boxes of food being passed out to needy families."

Starting Thursday of this week and running through Sunday, the public is asked to donate non-perishable food or cash at 15 participating Fiesta Markets. Next week, all the donations will be taken to a central warehouse to be sorted and boxed up, and more than 50 participating churches, synagogues, mosques and temples will deliver it to their parishoners who need it. As for people who donate cash, Perales says:

"A hundred percent of the cash donations are used for basic food staples, such as potatoes, vegetables, fruit and pasta. So you can make sure your charitable contributions are known that a hundred percent are going to each family."

The La Comida Food Drive started out 22 years ago to help the Hispanic community, but it now helps people of all races, ethnicities, and religions. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.