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HPD Announces Outcome of "Comida" Food Drive

December 8, 2005 -- The "Comida" Food Drive began in December 1985 with Officer Joe Dominguez's concern for the less fortunate Hispanic citizens of Houston. Dominguez put together what is today one of the largest food drives in the city of Houston. During the first year, approximately 600 families received a box of non-perishable food. Each box that was donated fed a family of four during the Christmas Holidays. The food drive now provides food for more than 3500 families in the city of Houston.

This year, the drive took place from the 1st of December through the 4th of December at twenty-one different locations. The final total amount of money collected is $47,830. This amount is $4,000 more than the previous year.

The money was used to purchase food in bulk from Fiesta stores. The boxed food collected will be sorted and added to the bulk food. The food will be boxed on December 12th through the 14th, for 3,500 families in need. The food will be distributed on Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 7 a.m. to churches that were previously registered in the program.

For more information, contact HPD Officer Alvin Steelman, Public Affairs Division, at 713-308-3200.

JGA/RMM 12-8-05

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.