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September 10th, 2009
H-E-B to present check to local food bank

STAFF REPORT

Those tear-off coupons at the checkout stand at the H-E-B to aid the hungry for $1,$3, or $5, seem like such a small amount to donate, but they can really add up.

H-E-B leadership and representatives of the Hays County Food Bank will get together on Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. at the big H-E-B, 641 East Hopkins Street, for a formal $5,000 check presentation ceremony honoring the successful finish of the Texas grocer’s Help End Hunger campaign for the year, which started in the spring of 2009.

From May 12 to June 18, the tear-off coupons were purchased by H-E-B customers all throughout Texas. This resulted in a record breaking $327,500, which will benefit 18 food banks in Texas. The program supports 26 food banks throughout Texas and Mexico, which serve a total of more than 5,000 organizations.

“Our shoppers never fail to impress us with their generosity,” said Winell Herron, group vice president of public affairs and diversity for H-E-B. “H-E-B would like to thank every customer whose donation will go toward feeding those in need, especially during this challenging economic environment.”

H-E-B’s Help End Hunger program, which started in 1982, is notably successful. In 2008, H-E-B donated more than 25.1 million pounds of products, valued at $34.5 million. The program gives customers a chance to help their community food banks fight the hunger and malnutrition that faces thousands of children, elderly and needy families in Texas.

The first H-E-B was a single store in founded in Kerrville more than one hundred years ago. Since then, the company has grown to 300 stores in Texas and Northern Mexico with more than 70,000 employees. H-E-B conducts a wide range of programs aimed at helping and improving the communities in which the stores are located.

H-E-B is one of the largest food chains in United States with annual sales of more than $15 billion. It is the largest privately held company in Texas.

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