Whataburger and Houston Texans Donate $125,905 to Houston Food Bank
OCTOBER 11, 2019 -- HOUSTON – On Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 10:30 a.m., Whataburger and the Houston Texans are making a $125,905 contribution to the Houston Food Bank following the fourth annual Hunger Action Month fundraiser. Special onsite guests include Houston Texans Player, Darren Fells and the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.
From Sept. 9 through Sept. 30, fans were encouraged to donate $1 or more at any of the 141 Houston-area Whataburger locations to the Houston Food Bank to receive a coupon good for a free Whataburger with purchase of a medium fry and 32-ounce drink. This year fans raised $125,905, providing 377,715 meals for southeast Texas counties.
“We’re completely blown away by the support from our customers. We truly wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without them,” said Whataburger Regional Director of Operations Jeff Foster. “The Houston Texans have been such good partners and we’re humbled by the communities’ support of the food bank during Hunger Action Month.”
During the event, volunteers will distribute food to Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Inc. clients, and Whataburger volunteers will provide breakfast for everyone following the presentation.
“We are continually touched by the kindness and generosity of our fellow Houstonians, from individuals to companies to our hometown sports teams,” says Houston Food Bank President/CEO Brian Greene. “The continued support of the Houston Food Bank by Whataburger and the Houston Texans is a shining example of their commitment to serving the community and building strong connections and awareness throughout the year. During September, which was Hunger Action Month, they raised $125,905 with the help of generous Whataburger diners. This will provide 377,715 meals to kids, families and senior citizens in need of food assistance. On behalf of those that we serve, thank you.”
“The Texans couldn’t be happier to partner with Whataburger for the fourth annual Hunger Action Month and this year, the Houston community truly came together to make a significant donation by raising over $125,000 for the Houston Food Bank,” said Senior Vice President of Marketing and Community Development Jennifer Davenport. “The Texans share with Whataburger the commitment to do great things for Houston and along with the Houston Food Bank, we are all so thankful for our fans response to this year’s initiative.”
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 $32 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:
Houston Food Bank’s mission is to provide food for better lives. Last year we provided access to 104 million nutritious meals in 18 counties in southeast Texas through our 1,500 community partners which includes food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers, and schools. We have a strong focus on healthy foods and fresh produce. In addition to distributing food, we provide services and connections to programs that address the root causes of hunger and are aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability, including nutrition education, job training, health management, and help with securing state-funded assistance. We are a resource for individuals and families in times of hardship. We are a solution to food waste, working with grocery stores and growers to rescue food before it reaches landfills. In collaboration with our community, we advocate for policy change and promote dialogue on ways to increase access to food and to improve the lives of those we serve. Houston Food Bank works alongside our partner food banks in Montgomery County, Galveston Country, and Brazos Valley. Houston Food Bank 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 830 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $2 billion annually.
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