HPD Feeds the Hungry

A holiday tradition kicks off this week with the start
of the 23rd annual Houston Police Department
Comida food drive. Rod Rice reports.

This all began in December of 19-85 when police officer Joe Dominguez decided to help less fortunate families. That year about 600 families received boxes of food.

“And now the last few years we’re holding it at 35-hundred families per year.”

HPD Officer Alvin Steelman.

“We have over 80 churches and organizations involved that help us collect the food during the Christmas holiday season and then we give it to the churches to give back out to the neighborhoods”

The Comida food drive will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 14 locations throughout the area.

“At that point we’ll get all the food that we collect during those four days and take it to the Pepsi warehouse. We’ll break that down into different categories and then also the money that we collect during that period we go through Fiesta and they let us purchase the food at their cost.”

All the food is boxed and then delivered to churches…a lot of work.

“Yeah, but it’s enjoyable work.  We’re really making a difference.  We’re helping people that need help. As police officers a lot of time we’re there when bad things are happening, so this is one of those occasions where we can go out and really do some good, and it makes us feel good too.”

You’ll find a list of the 14 collection points at houstonpolice-dot-gov.