CenterPoint Partners with the Houston Food Bank to Help Support Local Families
Posted By Staff Writers On May 28, 2020 @ 9:30 am
OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS – CenterPoint Properties is proud to partner with the Houston Food Bank by providing much-needed warehousing space to help distribute food throughout 18 Texas counties. The nation’s largest food bank will use the 124,000 SF facility, at 8530 Market Street, to receive shipments from the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts.
The Houston Food Bank has seen the demand for food assistance skyrocket since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The charity distributed nearly 23 million pounds of food in the month of April, doubling its regular distribution.
“Our longstanding relationship with the Houston Food Bank is part of our mission to continually support the local community, and we’re proud to be able to help in their time of need,” said Danielle Radtke, Senior Vice President, Asset Management of CenterPoint.
The site’s prime East Loop location near the I-610 and I-10 interchange as well as its 34 exterior docks, one drive-in door and 21’ clear-height make it perfectly suited to meet the growing demands of the Houston Food Bank during this critical time.
“I am honored to have been able to support The Houston Food Bank with a flexible real estate solution to provide essential services to those in need in this unprecedented time. I sincerely appreciate the generous support from CenterPoint Properties,” said Rob Stillwell of Newmark Knight Frank.
“In Houston Food Bank’s 18-county service area, 1.1 million people were considered food insecure before the pandemic, and now research shows that number is expected to be closer to 2.75 million,” says Brian Greene, president/CEO of Houston Food Bank. “The Houston Food Bank has ramped up its distribution to respond to the growing needs. We are adjusting daily to meet the needs of the community while adapting our logistics and operations to help people in the safest and most effective way possible, and adding this warehouse space is crucial to ensure things continue to run smoothly.”
This is the second time in recent years that CenterPoint has partnered with the Houston Food Bank at a time of crisis. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the Houston Food Bank expanded its operations to CenterPoint’s 137,000 SF site at 8786 Wallisville Road to meet the tremendous demand from area families.
A special thanks to Rob Stillwell, Executive Managing Director at Newmark Knight Frank (NKF), who brokered the below-market lease as part of his pro bono work with the Houston Food Bank.
The Houston Food Bank’s mission is to provide food for better lives. Last year it provided access to 104 million nutritious meals in 18 counties in southeast Texas through 1,500 community partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers and schools. Learn more about the Houston Food Bank: https://www.houstonfoodbank.org
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