Houston Food Bank
Our partnership with the Houston Food Bank (HFB) is an important element in our mission to be Champions for Youth. The Texans partner on HFB programming—like the Backpack Buddy and Kids Café programs—to serve kids in Houston. When the new HFB opened, in 2011, the Houston Texans Café became the place where volunteers could go to take a break while working. You will often encounter Texans players, Cheerleaders, staff, and fans working side by side at the HFB to package and sort food for the 18 counties the HFB serves.Backpack Buddy
The Houston Texans Foundation is a proud sponsor of Backpack Buddy, an HFB program that provides backpacks full of healthy food every Friday to students who might otherwise go hungry on weekends. Inside the backpacks, students receive nutrient-rich food and an insert from the Houston Texans with health tips written by the team nutritionist. In 2015, Backpack Buddy distributed 323,044 backpacks to Houston youth, many stuffed by Texans volunteers and Lady Texans.Kid’s Cafe
Kids Café is an HFB program that feeds children in after-school enrichment programs across the city. Each day, fresh, hot meals and snacks prepared by HFB volunteers are served to kids, many of whom may not otherwise receive evening meals. The Houston Texans visit two Kids Café locations each year at the Boys & Girls Clubs to bring a little Texans spirit. Cooking Matters
The HFB’s and Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program empowers families with the skills needed to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals at home. In 2016, Texans long snapper Jon Weeks and his wife, Amanda, surprised a Cooking Matters class for moms on the last day of the six-week class to demonstrate how to make their healthy recipe for zucchini Panko fries from the Houston Texans Cookbook. Sacks for Hunger presented by H-E-B
As the presenting sponsor of the Sacks for Hunger program, H-E-B donates $1,000 to the HFB for every quarterback sack that the Texans record in the regular and post-season. During the 2015 season, the Texans and H-E-B raised $45,000 for the HFB, which translates to 135,000 meals for Houstonians in need.Souper Bowl of Caring
Souper Bowl of Caring is a national initiative started in 1990 to help communities across the country fight hunger and poverty in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. The Texans were the first NFL team to support the cause, and each year bring added awareness with a player spokesman. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the 2016 campaign spokesman, was featured on 40 billboards and 650,000 door hangers throughout Houston. In support of the initiative, the Houston Texans Foundation contributed $10,000. More than 1,000 nonprofit groups and other community organizations joined the campaign to provide more than 3.2 million meals to help feed those in need.