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The Texans partnership with the Houston Food Bank is an important element in our mission to be Champions for Youth. The focus of the partnership is on Houston Food Bank programs that provide support to children, including Huddle Against Hunger presented by Kroger, Backpack Buddy and Kids Café. The partnership with the Houston Food Bank provides opportunities for players, Cheerleaders, staff and fans to give back to the 18 counties the Houston Food Bank serves.
Huddle Against Hunger presented by Kroger
The Huddle Against Hunger program helps teach empathy and understanding around hunger to students in elementary, middle and high school. The free digital curriculum is available for teachers and parents to download from the Houston Food Bank website and includes activities, recipes and ways for students to fight hunger in their community. The Texans, Kroger and the Houston Food Bank kicked off the program by surprising one deserving Huddle Against Hunger teacher in Aldine ISD with groceries for a year valued at $6,000. More than 2,000 students have taken part in the program since its launch in 2019.
Kickoff Week Presented by Mattress Firm
As a part of Kickoff Week presented by Mattress Firm, the Texans made a special stop at the Houston Food Bank to celebrate. The Texans themed double-decker bus stopped outside the Houston Food Bank, and TORO, Cheerleaders, Deep Steel Thunder Band members and Legend Cecil Shorts III visited with volunteers to thank them for giving back during this difficult time.
The Texans are proud to support Kids Café, a Houston Food Bank program that feeds children in after-school enrichment programs, including at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston locations across the city. Each day, fresh, hot meals and snacks are served to kids, many of whom may not otherwise receive evening meals.
Hunger Action Month Presented by Whataburger
Whataburger and the Texans teamed up for the fifth year in a row to support the Houston Food Bank, encouraging fans to visit one of 146 Houston-area Whataburger locations to donate to the Houston Food Bank in exchange for a Whataburger coupon. The Texans and Whataburger launched the fundraiser by providing breakfast for 150 Houston Food Bank staff and volunteers. Over the three weeks of the campaign, Texans fans raised an astonishing $142,407, which was celebrated at a check presentation and drive-thru food distribution event at Gulf Coast Community Service Association, a Houston Food Bank agency.
The Foundation is a proud supporter of Backpack Buddy, a Houston Food Bank program that provides backpacks full of healthy food every Friday to students who might otherwise be without food during the weekend. Inside the backpacks are nutrient-rich food and an insert from the Texans with health tips written by the team nutritionist. This year, the Backpack Buddy program distributed 412,591 backpacks at 788 schools or sites.
Souper Bowl of Caring
The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national initiative started in 1990 to help communities unite in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl to fight hunger and poverty. Under the leadership of the Texans late Founder, Senior Chairman and CEO Robert C. McNair and his wife, Co-Founder and Senior Chair Janice S. McNair, the Texans were the first NFL team to support the cause. The Foundation contributed $10,000 to support the initiative.
The Texans provided a $100,000 match to support the Houston Food Bank's Giving Tuesday virtual fundraising campaign. In 2020, the Houston Food Bank raised $644,000 on Giving Tuesday, setting a new record for the Houston Food Bank.