Whataburger and Houston Texans Join Forces to Fight Hunger in Houston
Fourth annual Hunger Action Month partnership benefits Houston Food Bank
SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 - HOUSTON – For the fourth consecutive year, Whataburger and the Houston Texans are teaming up to raise money for the Houston Food Bank from Monday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. through Monday, Sept. 30 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.
“We love our fans in Houston, and hope they’ll help us support our community when they visit our Houston-area restaurants,” said Whataburger Regional Director of Operations Jeff Foster. “As a business that serves food daily, hunger relief is a top priority. The Houston Texans are an incredible partner in this effort, and we’re so thankful for their continued support.”
“This year, the Texans, Whataburger and the Houston community have come together to make an impactful and truly inspiring donation to the Houston Food Bank on behalf of Hunger Action Month,” said Senior Vice President of Marketing and Community Development Jennifer Davenport. “We are committed to doing great things for our community and couldn’t be happier that we had the opportunity to do it alongside Whataburger and our fans.”
“We can think of no better team members in helping provide food for better lives than the Houston Texans and Whataburger,” said Houston Food Bank President/CEO Brian Greene. “Like the Houston Food Bank, they are 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 to feed those who are helping to feed others.”
Fans of Whataburger and the Houston Texans can also show their support for their community by visiting the restaurant on 7411 Southwest Fwy. in Houston on Monday, Sept. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. The Texans mascot, TORO, Texans Ambassador Travis Johnson, former defensive end, and the Houston Texans Cheerleaders will be there to greet fans, sign autographs and take pictures. One lucky customer will also win free Whataburger for a Year.
Over the past three years, the Houston community raised an impressive $437,676, with $156,358 raised last year in 2018. These donations equal approximately 1.3 million meals in total that the Food Bank has been able to provide to the community, with each dollar yielding about three meals for Houstonians in need.
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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