Don and Beth Ballard
Houston engineers Beth and Don Ballard have consistently supported Feeding America in the fight against hunger for well over a decade and made the decision to include the organization as a beneficiary in their will.
"I believe in the mission of Feeding America. Food is one of people's basic, core necessities. You need food on a daily or weekly basis. I believe in the charity's ability to execute long term needs better than I could ever possibly do myself with my money," says Beth.
The couple site their strong sense of faith and their appreciation for Feeding America's 98 percent efficiency rating as reasons for choosing to support the charity's vision of a hunger-free America.
Don even spent time at a local food pantry, Brazosport Cares Food Pantry, in the Houston area. It was open two mornings a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays and they took food from the Houston Food Bank," he says. Beth and Don have volunteered at the Houston Food Bank, largest food bank in distribution to its network of nearly 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Both organizations are within the Feeding America network.
While they plan to leave funds behind for family, Beth and Don feel strongly about sharing what they have with others.
"We have everything in the world that we could ever want, how do you leave that for somebody else?" says Beth. "We got more than we deserve…we give some of it back now, but we will give a lot more back when we are done."