As the threat of coronavirus impacts our communities, the need of our most vulnerable Texans continues to grow. Still, we are sure of one thing: we’re here to help.
In addition to the more than $3 million it has donated to Texas nonprofit organizations supporting our vulnerable communities during the coronavirus crisis, H-E-B will deliver 24 truckloads of product to food banks across the Lone Star State. This donation will provide half a million meals to 13 Texas food banks and include much-needed food items such as chicken and bread as well as H-E-B Meal Simple kits, chef-prepared meals for the family.
“Our warehouse has only a few days of food left in it before we’re empty,” said Eric S. Cooper, President & CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. “This donation of truckloads of food from H-E-B is literally a lifesaver. The suffering of so many will be lifted as we deliver this donation into the community this week.”
In response to the coronavirus crisis, H-E-B has donated more than $1.2 million and nearly 40 truckloads of food and household supplies to food banks affiliated with Feeding Texas, which will provide more than 6.5 million meals for Texans in need. H-E-B’s Hunger Relief Program works all year to raise awareness and battle hunger in Texas and Mexico. Since 1982, the year the program was founded, H-E-B has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to 5,500 non-profit organizations.
“Now, more than ever, H-E-B is keeping with our Spirit of Giving and Helping Here philosophies to do everything we can to support our fellow Texans,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs. “Right now, so many of our communities are in need, and H-E-B is committed to providing help to those who need it most.”
H-E-B made an initial $3 million commitment to support food banks and local organizations helping people most in need and working hard to combat the spread of coronavirus. With this gift, H-E-B’s partnership with local nonprofits provides relief to some of our most vulnerable neighbors: seniors, children and low-income families. Part of this initial commitment included $1 million to support grass-roots nonprofits; $500,000 to organizations dedicated to mobilized home feeding services for seniors and low-income families such as Meals on Wheels; and $300,000 to assist Texas Biomedical Research Institute, a San Antonio-based organization with a team dedicated to coronavirus research.
H-E-B also is running the Texans Helping Texans checkstand donation campaign in all its stores across the state, giving customers the opportunity to support several organizations providing essential services such as United Way, Meals on Wheels and Feeding Texas. Customers can contribute by making monetary donations at the register for $1, $3, or $5.
Whether it’s in our stores or in the more than 300 communities we serve, H-E-B is here to stand by and help all Texans, especially our most vulnerable neighbors. We must work together to get through the tough times, and this is especially true as we confront the threat of coronavirus. We are in this as a community and it’s important to keep calm and support one another.
Together, we are Texans Helping Texans.