For 115 years, providing aid in times of need is the cornerstone of H‑E‑B’s Helping Here philosophy, which promises to stand by communities during times of crisis. As communities across southeast Texas and Louisiana start to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Laura, our Partners and disaster response teams have mobilized to provide food, water, and other means of support to those in need.
On Friday (8/28), the H-E-B Mobile Kitchen and a team of Partners deployed from San Antonio to take food and supplies to communities in southeast Texas. Over the coming days, H-E-B Partners will serve hot meals from the Mobile Kitchen and pass out needed items such as water and ice. The H-E-B Mobile Kitchen will setup and stage on the property at the corner of MacArthur Dr. and 28th Street in Orange. Throughout the coming days, the H-E-B Mobile Kitchen will pass out water, ice and serve hot meals for breakfast from 8-10 a.m. and dinner from 4-6 p.m. On Monday, 8/31, we will only serve breakfast from 8-10 a.m. There will be no dinner service on Monday, 8/31.
We continue to adhere to our strict COVID protocols in our stores as well as with response efforts in the community, to best protect the safety, health and well-being of our Partners, customers and neighborhoods. At the Mobile Kitchen staging location, H-E-B Partners, wearing gloves and masks, will provide contactless service by loading meals and supplies into vehicles. People without vehicles must practice social distancing and wear masks or facial coverings when picking up supplies.
Staying true to helping our neighbors in need, we’ve worked closely with Feeding America to identify food banks in Louisiana in need of support. Through this partnership, H-E-B has committed more than $75,000 in financial contributions to support efforts at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, Food Bank of Central Louisiana, Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, and Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana (Monroe). We will continue to stay close with these organizations to assess future needs throughout the recovery.
To date, H-E-B has donated more than 125 pallets of water to food banks throughout the Gulf Coast and southeast Texas, distributed gift cards to people in impacted areas as well as provided support to evacuees across the state to help with the purchase of needed items. In San Antonio, H-E-B donated a truckload of snacks and more than 1,000 prepared sandwiches to the San Antonio Food Bank in support of evacuees sheltered in the city. And in the greater Austin area, H-E-B provided gift cards and in-kind support to Texas State University to support the Lamar University students temporarily housed there.
Currently, all stores in the Houston area and in the Golden Triangle are open.