Hive Life: Houston Cares returns to bring together 1,000 volunteers to make up to 150,000 meals for Houston’s hungry friends and family.

Join the bees who made community service cool for the LARGEST community service project the Houston Food Bank has ever hosted. The Hive Society and friends have set a goal to break the record for the number of volunteers at Houston Food Bank’s Portwall Facility and you’re invited!

1,000 Volunteers. 150,000 Meals. Be a part of history.

The Hive Society is proud to announce that Houston Cares returns! With the success of 2015’s project, we just couldn’t allow it to be a one-time thing.

 

How did Houston Cares start? When the project idea first came to Hive Society’s Community Event Director , it was supposed to be a small community service project the weekend of her birthday, then the wheels in her head started spinning, and she decided we should invite friends and family. Better yet, let’s invite everyone! Enter: Houston Cares.

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The Hive Society Presents: Houston Cares 2016 Service Project at Houston Food Bank on October 15, 2016 from 1-4 PM.

 

Setting a goal to make up to 150,000 meals is not for the faint of heart, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time here with The Hive Society, it’s this: our passion outweighs our doubts. Houston Cares is ambitious; it’s never been done, which make Houston Cares exactly what the city needs. Last year’s project came very close, so we’re hoping this is our year. Join us!

On Saturday, October 15th from 1-4 PM volunteers will dedicate an afternoon to participating in various projects throughout the Houston Food Bank’s Portwall Facility to help fight against hunger.

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Keeping true with what made our volunteer events so popular, volunteers will have the opportunity to win prizes from our generous sponsors and supporters!

Past Prizes have included:

Concert tickets

T-Shirts

Gift Cards

and more!

This is a family-friendly event, so all volunteers ages 6+ are invited! Bring your kids, your students, your coworkers, your friends, your family, bring everyone!

Note: The Houston Food Bank Portwall Warehouse can accommodate volunteers as young as 6 and years old accompanied by their parent or guardian. Groups of up to 10 volunteers between 8 and 15 years old must be chaperoned by at least one adult. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 may volunteer without a guardian present. All minors must submit a waiver signed by a parent or guardian when they arrive to volunteer. Click here to download the Minor Waiver.

Whether you start a team or register as an individual, we’re looking forward to you joining The Hive for our biggest project ever!

Note: Please reserve team registrations for groups of 10 or more.

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Want to donate directly to Houston Food Bank? The Hive Society has launched a fund drive to make it easy for you! Remember: Houston Food Bank can produce 3 meals for every $1 donated. Your monetary donation will directly support #HoustonCares’ goal. Every $1 raised will help us get 3 meals closer to our goal of 150,000 meals. Click Houston Food Bank apple to donate now.

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Why the Houston Food Bank?

Houston Food Bank was recently honored as Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year. Food Bank of the Year award is the highest honor given to one food bank among the 200 Feeding America members across the U.S. The Member of the Year award recognizes the Houston Food Bank for their creative, efficient and successful programs; serving as a strengthening force for the entire Feeding America network; and exemplifying the highest standards of operations.

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Since The Hive Society reorganized as a non-profit in March 2014, the Houston Food Bank has been genuine, supportive partner in our efforts to make philanthropy cool. We’ve hosted several volunteer projects at their Portwall Facility and they’ve ensured our volunteers have a fun time while making a huge impact. To date, The Hive Society volunteers have helped prepare over 75,000 meals. Why is this important? Two words:

Food Insecurity. 

The USDA defines food insecurity as meaning “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.”

 

In the last year, the number of children who are at-risk of hunger increased by 18,630 in southeast Texas. While the overall food insecurity rate dropped very slightly in the 18 counties served by the Houston Food Bank, it got worse for kids. The percentage of food insecure children grew from last year’s 24.7% to 26%. That’s one in four southeast Texas children, a total of 448,490 kids who live in homes that don’t have consistent access to enough nutritious food.

 

In Texas, 6.5% of households experience hunger, or “very low food security.”

If you’re worried about keeping food on the table, it’s likely you’re worried about all your household expenses and distracted from achieving other goals that can make life better.

The Houston Food Bank combats hunger and food insecurity by distributing nutritious food through a network of 600 partner hunger relief charities, feeding 800,000 people each year. To read more, click here.

Houston Cares is doing important work and we want you to be a part of this memorable experience! This is a family-friendly event, so all volunteers ages 6+ are invited! Bring your kids, your students, your coworkers, your friends, your family, bring everyone! Whether you start a team or register as an individual, we’re looking forward to you joining The Hive for our biggest project ever!

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Questions about volunteering? Check out our FAQs or email Volunteer@HiveSociety.com with the subject line “#HoustonCares”.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, email Raquel Seymone, Community Event Director at RaquelSeymone@HiveSociety.com.

Check out last year’s #HoustonCares Call to Action: