Hunger Action Month
The Significance of Food Insecurity
September is Hunger Action Month and as part of our mission to make a difference and serve the needs of our community, we want to raise awareness about food insecurity. At times during the year, many households lack consistent access to enough nutritious food to meet their health needs because of insufficient money or other resources for food. According to the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), it’s estimated that 38.3 million people lived in food-insecure households, including 6.1 million children. In the Houston area, approximately 1 million people in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by the Houston Food Bank are considered food insecure. And Harris County has the second-highest rate of child food insecurity in the nation.
Hunger can affect people from all walks of life. The number of consumers living paycheck to paycheck has been increasing—with up to 64% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck according to a LendingClub report. As daily life gets increasingly expensive, millions of Americans are just a job loss, emergency expense, or missed paycheck away from food insecurity. However, hunger disproportionately affects people of minority backgrounds in rural and poverty-stricken communities. Because of the unprecedented times our nation has faced, many communities rely on the efforts of food banks more than ever.
Making a Difference with the Houston Food Bank
Allegiance Bank is committed to serving our neighbors and community—not just our customers. We’re proud to be a platinum sponsor of the Houston Food Bank, a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. As a platinum sponsor of the Houston Food Bank, we regularly partner to host volunteer events and help our neighbors struggling to fill the most basic of human needs.
For more than 40 years, the Houston Food Bank has worked to create a healthy, thriving community by providing food for better lives and helping address the root causes of hunger. Today, the Houston Food Bank leads the country as the largest food bank in distribution—distributing food and other essentials to 18 counties through a network of more than 1,600 community partners. Each year, the Houston Food Bank provides access to more than 150 million meals. Last year, in response to the COVID pandemic, the Houston Food Bank scaled up to make more than 207 million meals possible.
“As the largest community bank headquartered in our region, Allegiance Bank believes it has a responsibility to not only provide excellence in delivering hometown banking services, but to also participate in advancing the well-being of the community at large,” said Steve Retzloff, Chairman of Allegiance Bank. “Investments, volunteerism, financial support, education, event participation and advocacy are all major ways we get involved and stay connected.”
2021 saw record levels of need, and our bankers delivered. Here’s a snapshot of what our Houston Food Bank volunteers accomplished:
- 37,000+ meals packaged
- 450,000 meals contributed
- 150+ volunteers
- 4 volunteer events
- 525 volunteer hours
You can read more about our community initiatives and local impact in our 2021 Community Impact Report.
Local Resources for Hunger Action Month
Providing you with the tools and resources to succeed has been—and always will be—a priority of Allegiance Bank. There are many organizations dedicated to addressing food insecurity, but here are a few of our favorite local charities making a lasting impact in our communities.
Houston Food Bank – Provides distribution and programs to eliminate hunger throughout the Greater Houston area.
Kids’ Meals – Delivers free, healthy meals to Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children.
Southeast Texas Food Bank – Serving Southeast Texas to eliminate hunger and inadequate nutrition.
Target Hunger – One of Houston’s largest nonprofit organizations providing direct food assistance to food insecure children, families and seniors who face the risk of going hungry every day.
Second Servings – Houston’s only prepared and perishable food rescue organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and reducing waste.