WHATABURGER AND HOUSTON TEXANS JOIN FORCES TO END HUNGER IN HOUSTON
Third annual Hunger Action Month partnership benefiting Houston Food Bank
HOUSTON – Whataburger and the Houston Texans are teaming up for the third consecutive year to raise money for the Houston Food Bank beginning Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. through Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. Customers who donate $1 or more to the Houston Food Bank during this time at any of the 141 Whataburger locations across Houston will receive a thank-you coupon for a free Whataburger with purchase of a medium fry and 32-ounce drink.
“The Houston Food Bank does an incredible job serving 800,000 meals to hungry Houston-area neighbors in need every year, and there’s no better time to lend our support than during Hunger Action Month,” said Whataburger Regional Director of Operations Jeff Foster. “Whataburger is humbled by our great fans, and we’re looking forward to seeing them inside our restaurants to help ensure no one in our community goes hungry.”
In addition to the fundraiser, Whataburger and the Houston Texans plan to treat the community to a special one-day event to celebrate. On Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., fans who stop by the Whataburger restaurant located at 11025 Shadow Creek Parkway in Pearland have the chance to take part in a special event celebrating the community, including the chance to meet Houston Texans starting center, Nick Martin. Other special appearances include Texans Cheerleaders and their mascot, TORO.
“The Houston Texans organization is proud to partner with Whataburger once again to join the Houston Food Bank in the fight against hunger,” said Houston Texans Vice President of Marketing and Community Development Jennifer Davenport. “We are committed to serving the community and inspiring positive change within. We invite our fans to join us in supporting this important cause.”
“We can think of no better team members in the fight against hunger in Houston than the Houston Texans and Whataburger,” says Houston Food Bank President/CEO Brian Greene. “Like the Houston Food Bank, they are Houston-proud and Texas-proud, and committed to serving the community and building strong connections and awareness. During the Hunger Action Month promotion, each $1 donated to Houston Food Bank will provide three meals to those in need of food assistance. And for your generosity, Whataburger is giving a coupon for a free Whataburger with purchase of a medium fry and 32-ounce drink to feed those who are helping to feed others.”
Over the past two years, Houston has raised $281,646 through this Hunger Action Month partnership, equating to 844,938 meals the food bank is able to provide to this community.
ABOUT HOUSTON TEXANS FOUNDATION:
The Houston Texans Foundation was founded in 2002 with a mission of being Champions for Youth. The Foundation believes that youth are the champions of our future, and therefore it is dedicated to enhancing their quality of life. Since 2002, more than $30 million has been raised through our annual fundraising events, disaster response programs, our annual United Way campaign and our partnership with non-profit organizations on Texans game day. Through fundraising efforts, the Foundation supports and administers programs in education, character development and health and fitness to empower the next generation of Texans. The Foundation has aligned with three strategic community partners; the Houston Texans YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and the Houston Food Bank, and the majority of their support goes to these three organizations through monetary donations, programming and volunteerism. The Houston Texans Foundation is committed to inspiring positive change within the Houston community.
ABOUT HOUSTON FOOD BANK:
The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. In the year following Hurricane Harvey the Food Bank distributed 122 million nutritious meals through its network of 1,500 community partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers, and schools in southeast Texas. We distribute fresh produce, meat and nonperishables from our warehouse at 535 Portwall, where we also prepare nutritious hot meals for kids in our new state-of-the-art Keegan Kitchen. We work with grocery stores and growers to rescue food before it reaches landfills with a focus on fresh healthy food. Additional community services include nutrition education and SNAP application assistance. We feed hungry people in 18-county service area alongside our partner food banks in Montgomery County, Galveston and Brazos Valley. The Houston Food Bank, founded in 1982, is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.
Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers: “What a burger!” Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, 100 percent beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 820 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $2 billion annually.
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