District J Massive Food Distribution

The office of District J partnered with the Houston Food Bank, the Southwest Management District and the Ardenwood Group to host one of Houston’s largest free food distributions to date. The event was held in the parking lot of the PlazAmericas mall, where thousands of residents lined up to receive up to 80 pounds of food. The distribution included fresh produce, meat, non-perishables and beverages. Mayor Sylvester Turner was on hand to visit with volunteers and help distribute food to residents. District J would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this possible including the Houston Food Bank, Houston Police Department,  S.E.A.L. Security, Kenneth Katz of PlazAmericas, Kenneth Li and Alice Lee of Southwest Management District,  Sharpstown Civic Association, Fred Bhandara of the Ardenwood Group, the U. S. Census Bureau, Kapcherd and the city’s Public Works Department (Wendell Allen, Stephon Gladney, Mack Jamison, Dedric Foster, and Nocholas Foster). We also thank the 150-plus volunteers who helped to make this event successful. Click here for more pictures from the food distribution.


Promoting Education Through Computer Giveaway

Council Member Edward Pollard joined Comp-U-Dopt and Communities In Schools of Houston to provide 300 free computers to families in need at Bonham Elementary. Many students in underserved communities were without computers at home when the COVID-19 shutdown began, but with this donation, hundreds of children can keep up with their studies this summer.
“To see the smiles on the kid’s faces was so rewarding. Thank you to CompUDopt and Communities in Schools for all your amazing work in our community and shout out to Council Member Sallie Alcorn for coming to District J and participating as well,” said Pollard.


Joint Chinese Donation 

The Joint Chinese College Alumni Association (JCCAA) in Houston donated $40,000 to the Houston Food Bank to provide food kits in the Gulfton and Alief communities, both of which are part of Mayor Turner’s Complete Communities. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank provides 3 meals.

We appreciate the generous donation of Houston area members of JCCAA for their generous donation to help families affected by the economic downturn. Judy Jeng, President of JCCAA, made remarks, as did Director General Peter Chen of the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, Southwest Management District Board Chair Kenneth Li, State Representative Gene Wu and District J City Council Member Ed Pollard. The JCCAA is comprised of 23 colleges and universities in Taiwan.


CM Pollard Answers Your Questions on NPR

Last week, the “Houston Matters” radio show on NPR interviewed Council Member Pollard on a variety of topics related to District J and the inner workings of City Hall. He gave comments of CARES Act funding, COVID-19 testing centers, community safety, and more. Listen here for the full interview.


VIDEO: CM Pollard Prays During Council Session

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Council Member Pollard prays for social justice during council session in the aftermath of the death of Houston native George Floyd. 

CARES Act Funding for City of Houston

Houston City Council members voted in April to accept $404 million in federal funding as part of the CARES Act. Those dollars are earmarked for coronoavirus prevention and relief efforts. In a letter to Mayor Sylvester Turner, Council Member Pollard expressed his hope that a portion of the funding be used toward city employee groups, specifically as it relates to payroll. The Mayor recently announced that some city workers may have to experience furloughs as a response to the pandemic. Pollard suggests the CARES Act funding help offset payroll costs to support city employees.


Complete Your Census Form Today


Have you completed the Census for your household? now more than ever, it’s imperative that every home complete the Census to ensure your community receives as many resources as possible. Your neighborhood cannot receive adequate funds to support services such as hospitals, transportation, schools, roads and other needs if there isn’t an accurate count of our residents. In order for District J to be the best it can be, every person must participate. To access the census, visit www.2020census.gov.

H.I.S.D. Launches Fresh Bus Program and Let’s Stay Connected Hotline

The Houston Independent School District announces its new Fresh Bus produce delivery program, where they will deliver produce to students at 68 select elementary school campuses. Fresh Bus school buses will provide weekly deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables to several locations in each school community, making fresh produce directly available to more than 36,000 students.

H.I.S.D. also launched the Let’s Stay Connected mental health hotline for students and parents to provide emotional, social, and psychological support to students and parents who feel the need for assistance. Students and parents may call the Let’s Stay Connected Hotline at 713-556-1340 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained staff from HISD’s Social and Emotional Learning Department are available to offer counseling, mental health education, and make referrals in English and Spanish. Callers to the hotline may remain anonymous.