HOUSTON – President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden owns busy day in Houston Friday afternoon. Between one of their stops, they met some of the volunteers at the Houston Food Bank.
Jill Biden arrived early to receive cheers from the crowd of volunteers at the food bank.
In addition to taking a tour of the facility and talking with many of these volunteers, the first lady packs boxes for those in need throughout the Houston community, including food for children, the elderly, and others facing food insecurity.
About an hour later, President Biden arrived, met Brian Greene with the CEO and President of the Houston Food Bank, and toured the facility.
“For us, this means a lot that the President and First Lady will spend time with us trying to help low-income families who are really struggling with hunger and all the other problems related to poverty while you’re in a crisis situation,” said Greene.
President Biden also met with many volunteers and stopped by to take pictures with some of them.
“It’s great to be able to help the community and also to have the opportunity to meet with the president and talk with him and the first lady,” said Philippe des Boscs, a volunteer who took selfies with the president.
“We are very pleased that you have the first lady and president at the food bank. There is so much that Houston needs and for them to be interested in coming and seeing what we are doing and how we are helping the community in the community to work with us, it’s just incredible, ”said Stephanie Berno of the Houston Food Bank.
“This is a very special opportunity,” said volunteer Maria Triancavespan. “Maybe we won’t see him again.”
Earlier in the day, President Biden received updates on recovery at the Harris County Emergency Management Office.
“We will be true partners to help you recover and rebuild from this storm, and this pandemic, and the economic crisis,” he said. “We’re in a long time.”
President Joe Biden speaks at the FEMA COVID-19 mass vaccination website at NRG Stadium, Friday, February 26, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)
The president was told millions of water were missing, thousands of pipes were damaged and 126 counties in Texas were under declaration of disaster.
President Biden also took advantage of the visit to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The more people who are vaccinated, the faster we will beat this pandemic,” he said on the federal mass vaccination website in NRG Park which is expected to provide 6,000 injections of the COVID-19 vaccine a day.
He also reminded people that he was no stranger to Houston, especially MD Anderson.
“When our son, Beau was treated for glioblastoma, before he died,” said Biden.
President Biden and the first lady returned to Washington, DC on Friday evening.
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