WATCH: A Houston Grocery Store Donates 1,500 Turkeys Just in Time for Thanksgiving
While Hurricane Harvey recovery is far from over, Randalls Supermarkets flocked to the rescue with 15,000 pounds of turkey for families this Thanksgiving.
As Southerners finalize their Thanksgiving menus and feather their nests for Christmas, many Houstonians find it's not the most wonderful time of the year after Hurricane Harvey devastated communities in August. While the record breaking storm made landfall months ago, it feels like just yesterday for families who lost everything after Harvey's catastrophic flooding, which brought an unprecedented 51 inches of rainfall to the country's fourth largest city.
Houstonians still have a lot on their plates as they continue to rebuild, but for many, that doesn't include a Thanksgiving Day meal.
Randalls is changing that. The Houston-based supermarket, which has 29 locations across the city, has donated turkeys to the Houston Food Bank during the holidays for the past 15 years. But according to Sidney Hopper, president of Randalls, that tradition is more important than ever this year.
"Hurricane Harvey's wrath was widespread, with reports saying that 50,000 people are still displaced from their homes today," shares Hopper about the ever-present devastation. "With so many suffering so much loss, this need for food has increased, especially as money is focused on repairs, rebuilding, and alternative housing."
Today in Houston, Randalls donated more than 15,000 pounds of turkey to the Houston Food Bank and its affiliated community partners to help feed displaced and down-on-their-luck Houstonians this Thanksgiving. In addition to turkeys, Randalls and other Albertsons-affiliated stores collected and donated $1.2 million for the Houston Food Bank.
Brian Greene, president of the Houston Food Bank for the past 12 years, shares that while the need for resources following the storm have been astronomical, so has the outpouring of donations and volunteers from near and far.
"The city rallied together, but so did the country and rest of the world," shares Greene about the overflowing aid following the storm. "We received donations from every state and 40 countries, as well as support for food banks across the US. We were operating at 3x our normal distribution rate during the first two months following the storm, so donations—both big and small—made a huge impact."
Greene says that as the Houston Food Bank enters their long-term recovery phase, the involvement of individuals and community partners, like Randalls and their annual turkey donation, highlights the generosity of the city.
"I'm proud of the selfless way volunteers responded after the storm. When a crisis happens, you see people step up or step back. Houston really stepped up—it says a lot about our great city."
This holiday season, give thanks and make a donation to the Houston Food Bank.