India House launches free food distribution to needy families
On Tuesday, Sept. 25, India House achieved a major milestone on its mission to serve the community by launching food distribution to needy families in collaboration with the Houston Food Bank.
India House’s mission is to unite cultures, build bridges and serve the community. During its inaugural food distribution, India House parceled out groceries to more than 100 families.
“As needy families in the nearby neighborhoods learn about this service, we expect to increase food distribution to about 400 families every month,” explained Col. Vipin Kumar (retired), executive director of India House.
Rani & Harinder Juneja sponsored the Sept. 25 food distribution session. Mrs. Juneja was at India House bright and early at 8 a.m. to help with the food distribution. Joining her were more than 25 volunteers, few of whom were participants of the Free Yoga classes which are held thrice a week at India House.
Col. Kumar and India House staff members Pallavi Surana, Bhumi Parmar and Khin Chao had planned in advance to set up a token system to help streamline the distribution process. Volunteers provided one token per needy family and documented their status as per Houston Food Bank rules.
A Houston Food Bank truck arrived in the morning at 7:45 a.m. with large boxes of cereal, vegetables such as potatoes, cabbages, limes, tomato sauce cans, and fruits such as watermelons. India House staff set up an assembly line to bring in the food and organize assorted items into plastic bags for each family.
The families came by the side entrance to India House and were helped by volunteers to load the groceries in their cars. Several families did not have cars and either walked back to their neighborhood home or waited for Metro transportation for a ride home.
Many of the volunteers were gratified by their charity service and are looking forward to the next monthly food distribution sessions on Oct. 16 and 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
India House Houston is located at 8888 W. Bellfort Ave. For more information, go to www.indiahouseinc.org.