Fresh bok choy, giant frozen pork chops and produce. All were healthy food options sorted and distributed by volunteers at a recent Food Fair at BakerRipley Gulfton Sharpstown. The campus supports residents in the southwest Houston neighborhoods of Gulfton and Sharpstown, as well as families with children attending those local schools.
“We’re meeting the community where they are,” said UnitedHealthcare of South Texas Wellness Coordinator Stephanie Kellam.
Many of the residents who were served do not have access to fresh and nutritious food so it’s brought to a location that is convenient for them, she said.
Community members will have other opportunities to take home healthier food through the BakerRipley Food Fairs. UnitedHealthcare of Texas will partner with the nonprofit to host more events throughout the year.
BakerRipley hosts a network of more than 70 services sites in Texas that help half a million people each year. Its mission is “to bring resources, education and connection by working with our neighbors side-by-side.”
Other services offered at the Food Fairs include tax preparation, computer literacy classes and GED testing.