Food bags for Kids’ Meals Houston

A volunteer event led by NHS and Food For Houston Club


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Senior Alexandra Foox uses markers to decorate the lunch bags. The bags are being sent to Kids’ Meals Houston.

Students gathered in Room 3721 for a lunch bag decorating event set up by the National Honor Society and Food For Houston Club. The event aimed to donate the decorated bags to the Kids’ Meals Houston organization, where the bags would be stuffed with food and donated to kids of all ages across Houston.

Senior Sofia Abdalla draws hearts on the lunch bags. During Cardinal Hour in 3721, there was a bag decorating event held by NHS and Food for Houston club. (Blen Abebe)

The event was kickstarted by Senior Nayak Shah, the president of the Food For Houston Club, and senior NHS President Hannah Goodwin. The Food For Houston Club contacted Goodwin to encourage better turnout.

“The decorations were encouraging messages and happy bags to make a positive impact on the kids,” Shah said.

“We invited the NHS to partner on it to make the most impact since that would motivate more people to come, since we are a smaller club,” Shah said.

Goodwin explained the logistics of setting up the event and how they got a large turnout.

“It was really simple to arrange because the Food For Houston Club actually does most of the work,” Goodwin said. “We just provide volunteers and advertise the event. The signups [on X2Vol] were full, the room is full right now and everyone’s planning to stay the whole lunch; it’s really exciting to see.”

Junior Helena Wang joined the bag-decorating event because she thought it was a great opportunity to mix the fun of doing art and the volunteer work of NHS.

Senior Autumn Hunter decorates lunch bags with crayons to send to Kids Meals Houston. The event was set up in partnership with the Kids Meals Houston (Blen Abebe)

“I thought it would be fun because I like going to art related events,” Wang said. “This merged the two aspects I enjoy. I had a lot of fun working with my friends on the bags during lunch. I hope NHS holds more events like these.”

The Food For Houston Club and NHS hope to make events like these to encourage easier volunteering opportunities. For more information on future events follow the Remind @foodhou and the Instagram