Papa John’s Pizza in Houston has donated 1,716 cases of delicious pasta to the Houston Food Bank, enough to serve 51,480 people just in time for the holidays. The pasta was delivered to the Houston Food Bank on Friday, November 20, and will immediately be distributed to hunger relief agencies that provide food for men, women and children in the Greater Houston Area.
“When we at Papa John’s heard the Houston Food Bank needed help this holiday season, we wanted to help, but in a big way,” said Keith Sullins, President of local Papa John’s Houston locations. “No one should go hungry over Thanksgiving, and this donation is one way that we can make a difference. This is our holiday gift to those who may need a helping hand during these difficult times.”
Recent studies show that the need for food assistance is great in the greater Houston area. Each day, 53,000 people go hungry, 3,600 of them children. Texas has the second highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. Food insecurity means that a household’s access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.
“The agencies that the Houston Food Bank serves report a 43-percent increase in families requesting food assistance in the past year,” said Brian Greene, president/CEO of the Houston Food Bank, “and this significant increase in the rate of daily hunger reinforces the need to expand the scope of food distribution to our community. This donation from Papa John’s comes at a time of year when most people celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a table overflowing with food, but there are many in our community who aren’t so fortunate.”