The cost to operate a Houston-area food bank has jumped significantly in recent years, to the point where it costs about $100,000 to run, according to the latest data from the National Center for Food Policy and Research.
The report, “Houston: A State of Crisis,” finds that the average monthly cost for a single food bank in Houston rose from $5.15 in 2016 to $7.47 in 2017, an average increase of 10 percent over the previous four years.
The food bank population grew by 2,873 people over that time period, an increase of more than 11 percent.
This trend, the report says, is not sustainable.
The largest increases in cost were recorded in San Antonio, where the number of food banks rose from 6,746 in 2016 and then jumped by 25 percent in five years to 13,749 in 2017.
The number of people receiving food aid increased by 15 percent in that time, and the food bank workforce decreased by 13 percent.
The majority of the increases in costs occurred in areas that had a population of more that 30,000 people, which the report said is a demographic that often has higher costs associated with the food shortage.
The study found that food bank staffing was also an issue in Houston.
In 2017, the average food bank staff in Houston was approximately 1,000.
By 2020, it had decreased to 1,058.
And the number who were employed had grown to more than 40 percent, the majority of whom were women.
In some cases, the staff was paid in cash.
The findings were released on Monday.
As a result of the rising costs, the Food Bank Board of Directors voted to end the Houston-based food bank program in 2017 in an effort to decrease the financial burden on the people of Houston.
The Houston Food Bank, which was founded in 1974, is a national nonprofit organization providing assistance to low-income people.
The program provides free groceries, groceries vouchers, groceries, clothing and household supplies to people who cannot afford them on their own.
It was founded as an after-school program for children and youth, but the program has grown into a national model for community-based programs.
More than 70 percent of the food in the food banks in Houston is donated, according the report.
The Center for Rural Development’s Food Bank Advisory Committee, chaired by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, recommended the program be shuttered in 2017 to save money.
The committee said it did not have enough information to determine how much it would cost to reopen the food-bank program.
It also said that the program was no longer needed.
The advisory committee also recommended closing the program in the Houston area, saying that Houston is not a community that provides access to nutritious food, and that closing the food distribution network could negatively impact Houston’s food supply.
In a letter to Turner, the committee said the city had been working with the Houston Public Schools to improve food distribution to students and staff, as well as the Houston Food Banks to provide the best possible services to the community.
Turner said in a statement that the council’s decision to shutter the program did not include the council members’ own recommendations to ensure that the food program was adequately funded and supported.
He said that in addition to the Houston Area Food Bank Association, the council also voted to close the food pantry program in East Houston, which also includes several communities where food banks were established.
The council members also recommended that the city cut down the number and staffing of the city’s food pantries and eliminate the requirement that people be registered with the city.
The recommendations did not make it into the final decision.
In the wake of the decision to close food distribution in Houston, Turner said he wanted to provide a more transparent and equitable model for the city, especially for those in low-wage jobs.
Turner also said he would be happy to consider the council-approved plan to close several of the Houston food pantriars and to establish a program that provides the city with the money to reopen them.
But it remains unclear whether the council will approve that plan.
The Food Bank Service Corp., the nonprofit group that operates the Houston program, has said it will continue operating the program.
However, the Center for Sustainable Development, an advocacy group that works with low- and moderate-income families, said that without changes to the food delivery system, the city could face a significant food shortage in the coming months.