Montgomery County, TX, April 17, 2020 – As the Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) races to act in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, glimmers of hope continue to surface. After navigating their 19th mobile market and 50th Backpack Buddy distribution, the food bank has served nearly 40,000 individuals since the disaster response began on March 12th. Following the most recent distribution and plans to continue to serve the increasing need, an anonymous donor gifted the food bank with a $200,000 matching gift. Because of this generous gift providing 1,000,000 meals alone, donations made in April will be doubled!
The anonymous donor family and business owner from Montgomery County, said ”At all times, especially in times of crisis, God expects His people to pull together and help one another to His glory. Knowing that, and that all talents (fiscal or otherwise) come from God, we would like to give the Montgomery County Food Bank $200,000 to help those who need the services you provide. Thank you for all you do to take care of the needs of those throughout Montgomery County. May we continue as a community to put each other above ourselves and get past this pandemic.”
During March 2020, the MCFB distributed 43% more product compared to March of 2019. They act as second responders and essential services, as part of the food supply industry. With a small staff and community volunteers, they are working to get food product out to those caught in the unprecedented economic fallout of both the pandemic and current state of the oil and gas industry.
“The matching donation from this incredible family offers us the opportunity to move forward confidently knowing we have support from our local community. It also encourages financial support from others knowing that their donation will be doubled, said Allison Hulett, President and CEO of MCFB. “We are so grateful for this family’s generosity in this challenging time and we encourage the community to continue to donate to our virtual food drive in order to catapult this matching contribution.”
The scenarios reported from the over 60 partner agencies who the MCFB supports are numerous and encompass almost every industry imaginable. The one that continues to arise is that of those in the food service industry. One young family’s father was recently furloughed from a local restaurant. His wife stays at home with their new baby and young child so they are left with no income. The MCFB’s mobile distributions in partnership with Community Assistance Center have helped families like theirs tremendously.
The MCFB will continue their efforts serving families, seniors and children with the help of this incredible matching gift. If you would like to contribute to the Virtual Food Drive, please visit https://mcfoodbank.org/virtual-food-drive/. To volunteer, please visit mcfoodbank.org. For questions, contact Lindy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-271-8822.
ABOUT MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK
Montgomery County Food Bank began in 1985 as a door-to-door operation run out of car trunks by a small group of volunteers wanting to serve those in need in their community. Throughout the past 30 years, generous donors and volunteers have built it into an organization capable of distributing over 8 million pounds of food annually. The Food Bank also hosts mobile food distributions, offers nutritional education programs, emergency assistance in the time of a disaster or crisis, and provides meal programs for children and senior citizens.
Montgomery County Food Bank is 501(c)(3) chartered by the state of Texas and is a member of the Texas Food Bank Network and Feeding America. Its headquarters is located at 1 Food For Life Way in Conroe, near Hwy. 242 and I-45, just north of The Woodlands.