Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston Organizes "Operation Compassion"

September 3, 2005

Source: Houston Chronicle

On September 3, 2005 the Houston Chronicle reported, "A massive interfaith effort is under way to feed Hurricane Katrina evacuees at large-scale shelters in Houston, including the George R. Brown Convention Center. The plan is not final. But organizers expect religious groups to raise an initial $4.4 million for 30 days of food and to supply 720 volunteers a day to provide and serve three hot meals to many thousands seeking shelter in Houston... The religious effort, dubbed Operation Compassion, is being discussed with city and state officials and Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston []. Second Baptist Church is the central administrator of the effort. The initial plan was to provide meals at Reliant Astrodome, where Aramark is now serving food. But after the shelter was filled to capacity, city officials asked faith groups to serve at the other large shelters the city is arranging, said Lou Keels, communications manager for Interfaith Ministries. The groups expect to serve food at other shelters as they open, Keels said. 'We hope to feed people for at least the first 30 days, but probably 60 to 90 days,' she said."