In response to the impact of the coronavirus on Texas communities, H-E-B has committed $3 million to support local organizations helping people most in need and working hard to combat COVID-19. With this gift, H-E-B’s partnerships with local nonprofits are providing relief to some of its most vulnerable neighbors: seniors, children and low-income families.
“During these trying times, H-E-B is here for Texas,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs. “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.”
From this commitment, H-E-B’s Hunger Relief Program is donating $1.2 million to support 18 food banks throughout the Lone Star State, providing more than 6 million meals. Additionally, H-E-B is delivering 15 truckloads of food and household supplies to the various food banks. H-E-B works directly with food banks affiliated with Feeding Texas, a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization.
“H-E-B’s donation comes at a critical time as food banks across the state are stepping in to provide emergency food to the people and communities impacted by COVID-19,” said Celia Cole, Feeding Texas CEO. “We are grateful to H-E-B for its support. Together we will ensure no Texan goes hungry during this public health crisis.”
Part of the commitment provides $500,000 in financial assistance to organizations dedicated to mobilized home feeding services for seniors and low-income families such as Meals on Wheels.
H-E-B also gave $300,000 to assist Texas Biomedical Research Institute, a San Antonio-based organization with a team dedicated to coronavirus research that will have a global impact. Texas Biomed has launched a unique research project to be among the first in the nation to develop the laboratory model necessary for testing diagnostics, vaccines and treatments to combat coronavirus.
Finally, H-E-B pledged $1 million in financial support to its nonprofit partners across the state who are providing vital services during this time.
In more COVID-19 related news, in late April H-E-B has extended its “Texas Proud Pay” raises for its hourly employees until late May. The increase of $2 an hour went into effect March 16, and was initially supposed to last until April 12. The pay increase will now last through May 24.
“Texans rely on H-E-B and we rely on our great partners,” the company said in a statement. “We understand it is our responsibility to provide essential services to our customers during a time when so many other businesses have not been able to stay open or have had to scale back operations significantly.”
H-E-B is also taking extra steps to support its partners at its warehouse facilities. The company’s culinary team will provide daily lunches to warehouse partners serving an estimated 50,000 chef-prepared meals each week.
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