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Food bank scores big thanks to hungry Houstonians

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

The Houston Food Bank is the proud recipient of a huge donation of cash, thanks to hundreds of thousands of restaurant diners.

On the steps of city hall, the ninth annual Houston Restaurant Weeks presented the food bank with a check for more than $1.2 million.

More than 160 restaurants participated in the event, offering special menu items and donating a portion of the sales to the charity.

The food bank says every dollar donated is worth three meals they can provide to those in need.

"This is a big check," Houston Food Bank CEO Brian Greene said.  "It is an even bigger impact on our community, and we are so grateful to all Houstonians and people from the surrounding areas who participated."

The Houston Food Bank distributed 50 million meals in 2011.  They say Wednesday's donation is enough to feed 175,000 people, for a week.

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