Houston Food Bank helping promote literacy

August 3, 2013 8:20:58 PM PDT
The Houston Food Bank is known for helping feed the community. But it's now teaming up with another non-profit to feed the minds of people across the world.

While normally food is stacked on the shelves of aisle 18 at the Houston Food Bank, a portion of this ailse is now reserved for boxes and boxes of donated books headed to those who need them most.

"Unfortunately, there are a lot of children all over the world that do not have books and hence don't learn to read," Good Steward Global Initiative President Mark Cothman said.

The Houston Food Bank is sharing some of its space with the non-profit, which collects used books to sort, stack, store and eventualy ship out in order to start up libraries in mainly poor countries.

"Good Steward attempts to address the book famine that exists is so many developing companies," Cothman said.

We found a group of dedicated volunteers preparing a shipment to Uganda, Africa.

"We have a need of material to read. It's very, very important because people don't have enough books to read," Kenya native Kenneth Osore said.

The non-profit's goal is to promote literacy around the world with every page of each donated book.

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