Montgomery County Food Bank’s third annual Food For Life Gala – themed “Havana Nights” – welcomed 500 guests at The Woodlands Waterway Resort & Conference Center on April 13. Presented by Anadarko, the event raised $400,000 for the Food Bank’s mission of providing more than 700,000 nutritious meals each month to the food insecure in Montgomery County.

 

During the evening’s program, guest speaker Dr. Curtis Null, Superintendent for Conroe Independent School District, spoke to the fact that 41 percent of students in Conroe ISD receive free and/or reduced lunch and how the food bank’s Backpack Buddy program is a great partnership with the schools to provide healthy diverse foods in students’ backpacks during the week and on the weekends.

 

“I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of the Food Bank’s staff and volunteers for creating such an amazing event that helps fund and honor the mission of Montgomery County Food Bank,” said Kelly Holmes, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Woodforest National Bank, and Chairman of the Board of Montgomery County Food Bank.

 

Allison Hulett, President and CEO of the Montgomery County Food Bank, echoed, “I am thrilled with the success of the Food for Life Gala, and believe it is a reflection of our generous community that does not want to see any family, child, or senior wondering if they will eat today. The spirit of Montgomery County was overwhelming; we are so lucky to have such willing support.”

 

Nelda Luce Blair emceed the moving event that continued its tradition of honoring leaders in the community that have contributed their time and efforts to support the food bank by presenting them awards. This year’s award recipients were ExxonMobil, Kroger, Quality Home Products of Texas, Carol Stromatt, and Society of Samaritans.  Co-chairing the gala were Shelley Madison and Rachelle Adamson.

 

Montgomery County Food Bank is 501(c)(3) chartered by the state of Texas and is a member of the Texas Food Bank Network and Feeding America. Its headquarters is located at 1 Food For Life Way in Conroe, near Hwy. 242 and I-45, just north of The Woodlands.

 

For more information, to book a tour or volunteer at the facility, or to make a monetary donation or food contribution, visit www.mcfoodbank.org or call 936.271.8800.

 

John Christiansen, VP of Corporate Communications with presenting sponsor Anadarko, and wife Rebecca Christiansen.

 

Guest speaker Dr. Curtis Null, Superintendent of CISD, spoke to the fact that 41 percent of students in Conroe ISD receive free and/or reduced lunch and how the food bank’s Backpack Buddy program is a great partnership with the schools to provide healthy diverse foods in students’ backpacks during the week and on the weekends.

 

Partner Agency of the Year Award – Society of Samaritans:  Allison Hulett, President & CEO of MCFB, with recipients from Society of Samaritans – Shirley Jensen (President Emeritus), Chandra Adams (Executive Director), and Mike Lovelady (President).

 

Gala Co-Chair Shelley Madison; Allison Hulett, MCFB President & CEO; and Gala Co-Chair Rachelle Adamson.

 

Volunteer Service Award – ExxonMobil:  Allison Hulett, President & CEO of MCFB, with Truman Bell, ExxonMobil HQ Community Relations Manager.

 

Betty Hardy Award – Carol Stromatt:  Allison Hulett, President & CEO of MCFB, with Carol Stromatt.

 

Community Partner Award – Quality Home Products of Texas:  David Krath of Quality Home Products of Texas with Allison Hulett, President and CEO of MCFB.

 

Innovative Leader Award – Kroger:  Sparkle Anderson, Kroger’s Corporate Affairs Manager, with Allison Hulett, President & CEO of MCFB.

 

 

 

 

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About Janelle Romano

Janelle Romano joined the Interfaith team in 2018. She is originally from the Midwest, but has lived on the East Coast and in Mexico. Janelle relocated to The Woodlands four years ago with her husband and three children and they now consider Texas home. She is a graduate of both Purdue and Southern Methodist University and enjoys spending time traveling with her family and giving back to the community.

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