Texas Golf Association recently partnered with the Spirit Golf Association in the
launch of the Spirit Food Fund campaign to support the Houston Food Bank as an
emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To make a financial contribution to the Spirit Food Fund or to
volunteer with the Houston Food Bank, click here or text SpiritFoodFund to 41444 with your donation amount.
a direct result of the worldwide health crisis, the Houston community has seen
a 130-150 percent increase in hunger, and demand continues to grow. Currently,
the Houston area has more than 1.1 million food insecure people who rely on the Houston Food Bank and its
partner networks for food assistance.
Food Bank is responding by increasing food distribution by 150 percent over its
usual distribution, averaging 1 million pounds of food each day. This
unprecedented need means millions of dollars in additional funding are required
to keep Houstonians healthy and fed.
launched the Spirit Food Fund campaign with a lead gift of $500,000 raised from
SGA founder and Whispering Pines Golf Club owner Corby Robertson, Jr., and his
family, as well as The Cullen Foundation and the Cullen Trust for Higher
Education. Prominent supporters of the campaign include the likes of Jim Nantz,
Stacy Lewis and Clyde Drexler.
“We’re grateful to be
able to partner with the great people at the Houston Food Bank to support
fellow Texans in need,” Robertson said. “It is our responsibility to be there
for our neighbors and communities.”
SGA is not only mobilizing the golf community but the greater Houston community
as well, with plans to expand its mission throughout the state of Texas and beyond
in support of those who are most vulnerable at this critical time. A $10 donation will provide 30 meals to
families and individuals struggling to make ends meet.
significant support from the Spirit Golf Association will add critically needed
funds to allow us to work to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for food
assistance created by COVID-19,” said Brian Greene, President/CEO of the Houston
Greene said that the additional need is due to tens of thousands of
people who are out of work and kids who would normally get meals at school who
are now at home. He noted that for many Houstonians, this is the first time
they have ever sought assistance.
Funds will be used for food recovery, sorting and distribution, as well
as the creation of Emergency Food Boxes for families.
For more information and to get involved, click here.