The Root Cause Coalition Welcomes Houston Food Bank as Newest Member

WASHINGTON, DC – The Root Cause Coalition welcomed the Houston Food Bank as its newest member, bringing the Coalition’s total membership to 54 organizations.

Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste.  In the year following Hurricane Harvey, Houston Food Bank distributed 122 million nutritious meals through its network of 1,500 community partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers, and schools in southeast Texas. Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.

“The Root Cause Coalition is immensely pleased to welcome one of the country’s largest and most effective food banks to its membership. For 36 years, Houston Food Bank has been a standard-bearer for the anti-hunger movement,” said Barbara Petee, Executive Director of The Root Cause Coalition. “As a member of the Coalition, Houston Food Bank will lend some of its institutional expertise and nationwide renown to our effort to build health equity.”

“Houston Food Bank provides nutritious meals to more than 800,000 people each year throughout southeast Texas. However, a large number of our clients have many other needs outside of food that prevent them from becoming food-secure and no longer needing our services,” said Reginald Young, director of Food for Change at Houston Food Bank. “For instance, many of these clients have to make tough choices like whether to pay rent or buy medicine instead of purchasing food. Over the course of the past few years, Houston Food Bank has been working to address the root causes of food insecurity by partnering with non-traditional partners like clinics, hospitals and colleges to improve clients’ ability to become healthy and financially stable.”

“As we pilot this work in Houston, we also need to be connected with a strong community of like-minded people and organizations from which to learn and with whom to share best practices. Joining The Root Cause Coalition provides us access to other organizations throughout the United States that share the same commitment to addressing the underlying origins of social determinants of health, such as food insecurity, and gives us a platform to share our work nationally.”

Houston Food Bank becomes the 11th organization to join the Coalition in 2018, following the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Second Harvest Heartland, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Fairview Health Services, Aetna, the Center for Population Health at Cheshire Medical Center, Enterprise Community Partners, and Credit Adjustments, Inc.

About The Root Cause Coalition

Established in 2015, The Root Cause Coalition is a non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of 54 leading health systems, hospital associations, foundations, businesses, national and community nonprofits, health insurers, academic institutions and policy centers. The Coalition works to achieve health equity through cross-sector collaboration in advocacy, education and research. For more information, visit and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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