In April 2020, a donation of $1 million was made to Houston Food Bank to assist in the monumental task of feeding Houstonians impacted by COVID-19. For each $1 received, the Houston Food Bank provides three meals to the community, meaning the Foundation’s gift supplied three million meals during this critical time.
In July 2020, the foundation also donated $1 million to Discovery Green to go towards park operating expenses. The gift helps offset loss of revenue from reduced restaurant operations and fewer restaurant visitors due to interruptions in the workplace and with tourism.
In August 2020, the foundation contributed $1 million to the City of Houston’s second rental assistance package. The rent relief package helps those who lost their jobs and are struggling financially and cannot pay rent because of COVID-19. Administered by BakerRipley, the City’s rental assistance funding includes $15 million from the CARES Act.
The foundation also donated $200,000 to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for operational expenses. Additional COVID-19 relief efforts included gifts to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School, KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston, and YES Prep Public Schools.