Montgomery County Food Bank receives grant following February's winter storm

Montgomery County Food Bank volunteers take donations. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)
Montgomery County Food Bank volunteers take donations. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)

Montgomery County Food Bank volunteers take donations. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)

The Montgomery County Food Bank announced Sept. 22 that it received a grant from the United Way of Greater Houston’s Winter Studies Relief Fund, which supports area residents affected by Winter Storm Uri.

The grant is worth $116,283 and will fund the food bank’s operations. In a press release from United Way, Food Bank President Kristine Marlow expressed her thanks for the funding.

“We are so appreciative of United Way’s generosity and continued support of the food bank,” said Marlow. “The devastating effects of Winter Storm Uri and the pandemic are proving to be long-lasting, and recovery will be a marathon and not a sprint. With strong partners like United Way of Greater Houston, we can continue to fight hunger and feed hope for our many children, families and seniors in need.”

Marlow sat down with Community Impact Newspaper to further discuss how the winter storm and the COVID-19 pandemic affected food bank operations. She said the National Guard had been required to help the bank’s staffing in the past year.

“[The ice storm] was an unexpected disaster, and of course most everybody was impacted some way or another,” Marlow said.



Marlow said that during fiscal year 2020-21, the Montgomery County Food Bank distributed 11 million meals and served an average of 65,000 individuals.

By Jishnu Nair

Reporter, North Houston Metro

Jishnu joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter in July 2021. Previously, he worked as a digital producer for a television station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and studied at Syracuse University's Newhouse School. Originally from New Jersey, Jishnu covers the North Houston metro area, including Tomball, Magnolia, Conroe and Montgomery, as well as the Woodlands and Lake Houston areas.



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