HOUSTON, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Houston offices of the Big Four accounting firms — Deloitte LLP, EY, KPMG LLP and PwC US — came together on Friday to participate in an inaugural "Food Fight" to support the Houston Food Bank as a joint effort to end hunger in the region. Together, there were a total of 144 volunteers from the four firms that successfully filled 5,543 food sacks – equivalent to 33,258 nutritious meals – as part of the Houston Food Bank's Backpack Buddy program, which provides food to children in need.
"Many children who rely on free or reduced-price lunches during the school year go home to meager or no meals on weekends. Our Backpack Buddy program works to fill that gap, and with the help from these four firms, we will be able to remove some of the anxiety from these children's lives," said Brian Greene, Houston Food Bank President/CEO. "On behalf of the Houston Food Bank, I'd like to thank the volunteers from Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC for coming together to make a difference in our community."
The Backpack Buddy program, which launched in August 2006 at three Houston-area elementary schools, now provides close to 30,000 backpacks per month to students at 381 schools. Forty-eight Houston Food Bank member agencies also assist with the distribution of these backpacks, providing healthy food to chronically hungry children who might otherwise go without.
About the Houston Food Bank
Now operating from a new, 308,000 square-foot facility, the Houston Food Bank is the nation's largest size Feeding America food bank and source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. They have been named top charity in Texas by Charity Navigator for financial performance and accountability. A network of 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding a total of 137,000 people each week, provides more than 53 million nutritious meals annually. Fresh produce, meat and nonperishables are distributed from the new warehouse at 535 Portwall, and hot meals are prepared and distributed from Keegan Center, a 15,000 square-foot industrial kitchen. Additional community services range from nutrition education to assistance with food stamp applications and hands-on job training. Red Barrels offer a convenient way for grocery shoppers to donate nonperishables for their neighbors in need. The Houston Food Bank, founded in 1982, is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. The organization plans to grow to provide100 million nutritious meals annually by 2018. Visit HoustonFoodBank.org for more information. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/HoustonFoodBank or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/HoustonFoodBank.
SOURCE PwC US