We had the good fortune of connecting with David Huang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Currently, serving both as a pastor and as a physician, I have always believed that both spiritual and physical health are important. Both are important separately and together as both affect each other. In addition, coming from an immigrant family from Taiwan, I grew up in extreme poverty and did not have access to healthy food on a regular basis. Collectively, these were reasons for the genesis of the nonprofit, Harvest for the Hungry. Our mission is providing healthy farm to table food for those struggling with food insecurity. However, the mission behind the mission is feeding people physically as a platform for feeding people spiritually. Both of these types of feedings are why Harvest for the Hungry, Inc was started.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I serve both as a physician, in the emergency medicine department at the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston, and as a pastor, at Faith Fellowship Church in Cypress, Texas. Both careers are challenging because you are dealing with people’s health and livelihood, but both are tremendously rewarding because you can see life changing differences when positive changes are made in people’s lives, both spiritually and physically. Some of the lessons that I have learned along the way are to treat all people with the utmost respect because they deserve it; there is always something to learn from everyone even if it is a negative experience; and hard work and perseverance will eventually prevail. I want the world to know that Harvest for the Hungry is a nonprofit organization that wants to change the way we serve those struggling with food insecurity. Instead of providing food, Harvest for the Hungry wants to emphasize an experience and education for those struggling with food insecurity. For example, we want clientel to come to farm and harvest their own food so they see where there food is coming from, to be educated about the nutritional value of harvested food, and how to prepare the harvested food in a healthy and tasty manner.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to Harvest for the Hungry, which is located in Freeport, Texas. You can eat, drink, visit and hang out anywhere on the 61 acres. You can airbnb at the farm. Freeport is also the home to numerous boat ramps, marinas and charter and party boats, making Freeport one of Texas’ premier deep-sea fishing destinations. Visitors can also enjoy the family-fun events hosted by the Freeport Historical Museum. The museum showcases Freeport’s rich history and includes models of the old swing bridge, Fort Velasfo and the Tarpon Inn. Also inside is a chidlren’s museum and a venue for birthday parties, and it hosts movies complete with popcorn on Saturday nights. Many of its landside activities center around Freeport Municipal Park, including Fishin’ Fiesta, Riverfest, Holiday on the Brazos and many more. Surfside beach is a 7 minute drive away, Lake Jackson, Alvin, Angleon, Brazoria, and Clute are a 15 minute drive away, Pearland and Sweeny are a 35 minute drive away, and there are many restaurants, bars, hang outs, wildlife refuge, Crocodile encounters, museums within just minutes away.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without a doubt, shoutout goes to the Harvest for the Hungry volunteers. Our volunteers are the best in the world. They are the lifeline of our organization. Without the volunteers we would not be where we are today in 2021. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we grew our volunteer based from 5 in 2020 to over 100+ in 2021. Our volunteers were eager to help in addressing food insecurity and helping our community fight for those who are struggling with food insecurity. Without our volunteers there is no way we would be able to manage all 61 acres of Harvest for the Hungry property and specifically the myriad of farming aspects that provide for mini ecosystems synergizing to help provide different types of farming foods (fruits, vegetables, honey, eggs, fish and others) to those struggling with food insecurity. With our volunteers we have been able to give and distribute over 100 tons of healthy farm to table food to those struggling with food insecurity in Brazoria, Harris and Fort Bend County.
Thank you to all the Harvest for the Hungry Volunteers and Partners who have made this dream of serving our community a reality.