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Scenes from the Houston Food Bank's Harvey Relief Efforts

Hundreds of Houstonians showed up to help their neighbors in need

After being surrounded by high waters for several days, the Houston Food Bank officially reopened its doors on Wednesday. Soon after, it was completely packed with volunteers eager to distribute food to flood victims and first responders.

According to a representative for the Houston Food Bank, around 600 people from all walks of life registered online and headed to the organization’s warehouse at 535 Portwall Street in order to help sort, pack, and organizes boxes of food that will be distributed at shelters in Houston and the surrounding areas.

Helpers of all ages were out in force at the Food Bank, meticulously assembling “Disaster Boxes,” which are filled canned vegetables, peanut butter, canned chicken, beverages and soups. A troop of Girl Scouts at the warehouse was particularly serious about making sure that each box was correct, referring back to a whiteboard with the “recipe” for each box — 6 veggies, 2 drinks, 5 proteins, among other pantry staples — frequently to ensure that each was packed with the right mix.

Scope out the scene from yesterday’s marathon of Disaster Box packing at the Houston Food Bank, and consider making a donation in support of Houstonians in need, or picking up a volunteer shift in the coming days.

The Houston Food Bank’s warehouse, packed with workers

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