June 15, 2006
Channel 11 Spirit of Texas Food Drive Gets Underway
HOUSTON KHOU-TV, Channel 11 is holding its 19th annual Spirit of Texas Food Drive now through July 14th. The food drive is a month long collection of food and cash benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Channel 11's drive is the largest food drive in Houston during the summer and is important during this critical time of year when thousands of area children are not receiving meals at school.
Non-perishable food donations will be accepted through July 14th at area Kroger locations. A list of needed non-perishable items can also be found at khou.com. Cash donations are also being accepted online as part of a virtual food drive. Viewers can go to khou.com/weblinks to donate.
Channel 11 will broadcast live throughout the day on Friday, July 14th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kroger at 5150 Buffalo Speedway in Houston. Volunteers will be on hand to accept donations. A phone bank will be set-up to take calls from viewers wishing to call in their donations.
In 2005, the Spirit of Texas Food Drive generated 330,453 pounds of food and more than $293,000 in cash donations. The Houston Food bank distributes more than 30 million pounds of food and other essentials each year to nearly 400 hunger relief programs in an 18 county service area. Channel 11 Spirit of Texas Food Drive partners include Kroger, Pappas Restaurants, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, Reliant Energy and the Space Center Volunteers.
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