An Unfortunate Split
The Trinity River Food Bank (TRFB) and its affiliated sites in Cleveland, Huntsville, Trinity, and Coldspring have recently shut down permanently. Regrettably, legal complications arose in the partnership between TRFB and the Houston Food Bank, leaving no possibility for reopening.
The closure of the recently opened 15,000-square-foot distribution center in the Grand San Jacinto community, located south of Plum Grove, is one of the casualties of this unfortunate turn of events. This facility, which commenced operations this summer, has become yet another symbol of the severed ties between the two organizations.
A Community’s Dashed Hopes
The distribution center was built on land generously donated by Colony Ridge, the developer of the subdivision, as a testament to their dedication to the cause. The construction was made possible by a $476,000 grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation and the Houston Food Bank, among others. It was meant to be a space owned by the community, fostering unity and accessibility for the residents.
Christine Shippey, the founder of TRFB and Covenant With Christ, expressed her disappointment but remains determined to find an alternative solution. She hopes to offer the Houston Food Bank a long-term lease at no cost, so that the facility can continue to serve as a vital food distribution center for the community.
While Shippey is optimistic about the future, reopening the center may take several months. Nevertheless, her dedication to the cause remains unwavering as she strives to provide food assistance to those in need.
A Community’s Resilience
In the aftermath of this closure, Shippey personally apologized to those who rely on the food distribution centers in Cleveland, Huntsville, Trinity, and Coldspring. She understands the inconvenience this may cause and reassures the community that efforts will be made to alleviate the impact of these changes.
Under Shippey’s guidance, the Houston Food Bank and its partner services are working tirelessly to increase the flow of supplies into the most affected areas. While the transition may pose challenges, the commitment to serving the community is unwavering.
To further help those in need, Shippey has compiled a comprehensive list of alternative options. These include agencies and churches that offer food assistance, ensuring that everyone has access to food during this transition period.
A Promise of Ongoing Support
Brian Greene, President of the Houston Food Bank, assures partner organizations previously served by the Trinity River Food Bank that their needs will still be addressed. The Houston Food Bank aims to establish mobile distribution centers in the four affected locations, ensuring uninterrupted service to those who rely on them.
Greene emphasizes that every community they serve is equally important, and that food assistance will continue to reach families in need. The commitment of the Houston Food Bank to the surrounding communities remains steadfast.
Finding Assistance in Challenging Times
If the closure of the four food banks has affected you and you find yourself in need, please visit the Houston Food Bank’s website to find a nearby location. You can also download the Houston Food Bank app on your mobile device to schedule an appointment, locate a pantry, or learn more about the various programs offered.
Although the Trinity River Food Bank and its associated sites have closed their doors, the spirit of community and support remains alive. Together, we can overcome this setback and ensure that nobody in our community goes hungry.