LOCAL Houston | The City Guide September 2017 - Page 62

THINGS I LOVE BY BY BRIAN GREENE CEO, HOUSTON FOOD BANK Brian Greene is President/CEO of the Houston Food Bank, America’s largest Feeding America food bank, distributing 83 million nutritious meals through its network of 600 hunger relief programs in southeast Texas. Greene has had a life-long interest in and concern for people in need, and has worked in hunger relief for more than 29 years. Since taking top post at Houston Food Bank, Greene has led the organization to unprecedented growth. In August 2011, HFB moved into its current home, a 308,000sf warehouse and office facility, purchased and renovated thanks to a $55.6 million capital campaign. The new building is four times larger than the previous and allows for more food distribution and more space for volunteers (up to 1,000 at a time!), upon which the food bank relies to fulfill its mission. THE WELCOME MAT I was amazed at how easy it was to become part of the community when we moved here. As a city where so many people came from somewhere else looking for opportunity, Houstonians are very welcoming. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON As parents of grade-school-age children, my wife Andrea and I Iove all the kid-friendly activities available here. One that exem- plifies how “Houston does it better” is our Children’s Museum. It is so well thought out and executed. And adults enjoy it, too! TREES I love being surrounded by trees, especially during the heat of summer. Houston is stunningly green for a major city and far different from what people expect when they think of Texas 62 L O C A L | september 17