Monday, September 24, 2018
The Generosity of Houstonians is Unmatched
Bayou City Blessings Announces Expansion into Southwest Houston
Now serving 1300 Houstonian kids every week
Memorial— Monday, September 24, 2018 — Friday, during the first Advisory board meeting of the year, Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack (BCB) announced immediate expansion of its program into Southwest Houston. BCB, provides weekend food to Houstonian kids who are at risk of being hungry while away from school, whether that is over the weekend, or a school holiday. “It is directly due to the generosity of Houstonians that we can expand and welcome an additional two schools and 125 children into our program,” Clair Silliman, Board Member. The Southwest Houston chapter of Blessings in a Backpack started in 2014 with 80 kids. Program Coordinator Cheryl Tyler and her husband Lloyd started the program in their home and currently pack food in their garage. Having personally experienced food insecurity, Cheryl was determined to make a difference in the lives of the children who live around her. She has done just that. “We are thrilled to invite Cheryl and the schools she serves into our program and work together to build the volunteer capacity in Southwest Houston to hopefully grow these programs,” Melissa Peter, Program Coordinator. Cheryl will serve on the BCB Advisory Board as well as continue to coordinate efforts in the Southwest Houston region.
Positive Impact & Growth
The Bayou City Blessings chapter of Blessings in a Backpack launched in 2012 serving 60 kids and has grown to 1300 in less than 6 years. It serves the entire school populations of Blackshear (Third Ward) and Spring Shadows (North Spring Branch) Elementary schools, as well as 15 students at Stratford High School. “Since our program has met its first goal of feeding the entirety of our first two elementary schools, we have decided to grow and look to how we can impact more children in Houston. Welcoming the Southwest Houston Chapter into our program is a natural expansion,” Kim Robinson, Assistant Program Coordinator. Bayou City Blessings will now include Foerster and Grissom Elementary schools in Southwest Houston. “It is important to Bayou City Blessings to serve as a partner to the schools and their administrations. We feed hearts, minds, and bellies,” Melissa Peter, Program Coordinator. “Thank you, Houston, for your support. Your donations and time are what allow us to grow and serve more children each week,” Mike Fiuzat, Board Member.
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