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1 min read | june 16, 2022

The Houston Food Bank, an institution serving the Houston area since 1982, is expanding and Chevron is giving them the space to grow.

The organization’s mission to provide families nutritious meals has never been more important, tested or proven. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, a winter freeze, significant inflation and more, the facility has remained steadfast in its commitment to the city.

When we learned the Houston Food Bank was interested in acquiring land for a new food distribution center, Chevron met with them to hear more about their vision, which culminated in a 53-acre donation.

Valued at approximately $10 million, the parcel of land will help the food bank provide new services, recruit more volunteers and distribute food more equitably. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2025.

Chevron and Houston Food Bank cookies

some food for thought

Between March 2020 and March 2021, household food demand in Houston increased by 85%, which put a strain on the Houston Food Bank’s facilities, staff and operations.

This second warehouse and distribution center at Ella Blvd. and SH 249 will provide ample space for a sprawling facility that will improve accessibility for a wider population.

how it started

  • We began our partnership with the Houston Food Bank in 2008

    how it’s going

    • We invested more than $500,000 in Houston Food Bank programs including Backpack Buddy and Food For Change in 2020 and 2021
    • Our employee contributions since 2018 have exceeded $450,000, and we have matched these donations dollar for dollar
    Chevron volunteer packs food

    what we’re saying

    “Chevron has been a part of the Houston community for more than a century,” said Eimear Bonner, president of the Chevron Technical Center and Houston Food Bank board member. “While we’ve seen a lot of change in those 100 years, one thing remains constant: And that is Chevron’s and the Houston Food Bank’s commitment to this city and ensuring that our fellow Houstonians have consistent access to nutritious food to fuel a healthy life.”

    “I think it’s really important to give to an organization that gives so much to our community,” said Anika Shah, a CNAEP corporate affairs intern who volunteered before the event. “I feel proud to be working with people who value things like this: donating to the Houston Food Bank and not just showing up and presenting but actually taking the time to volunteer for a couple of hours beforehand.”

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