Port Houston: The “Backpack Buddies”

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Port Houston’s latest community event took place at the Houston Food Bank Oct. 18, with teams working together to benefit the Backpack Buddy program.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the program’s focus has been on preparing special disaster backpacks, which are designed to assist students and families who were deeply affected by the storm.

More than 50 port employees gladly teamed up to volunteer their time and efforts to create nearly 3,500 bags with supplies and hygiene products to assist underprivileged students in nearby schools. 

The Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy program works in partnership with participating schools, school districts, and other community partners to ensure that the food and personal items are distributed to school children every Friday to take home over the weekend. 

“Port Houston appreciates the opportunity to assist our fellow Houstonians in need and is proud to partner with a great organization like the Houston Food Bank to take part in their Backpack Buddy program,” said Leslie Herbst, community relations director for Port Houston.

Port Houston is committed to supporting outreach programs that contribute to the well-being of the greater Houston port region.

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