Whataburger and the Houston Texans Team Up to Tackle Hunger in Houston
Annual fundraiser helps Houston Food Bank provide hunger relief to families facing food insecurity
For the sixth consecutive year, Whataburger and the Houston Texans are teaming up to raise money for the Houston Food Bank in the fight against hunger. The partnership will help provide support for local school programs, as many households continue to struggle with food insecurity.
From Monday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. through Monday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m., guests who visit any of the 147 Whataburger locations across Houston and donate $1 to benefit the Houston Food Bank, will receive a thank-you coupon for a free Whataburger with the purchase of a medium fry and 32-ounce drink.
“During this on-going pandemic and coupled with disaster response, our distribution continues to be at elevated levels to keep up with the increase in need. One in five children in Houston lives in a food-insecure household,” says Houston Food Bank President/CEO Brian Greene. “Without access to proper nutrition, children face greater health risks and struggles in school. With Whataburger and the Houston Texans on our team again, this fundraiser will help keep our community’s children nourished and on the path to bright futures.”
To address these challenges and ensure children have the resources they need to be healthy and successful, every dollar raised will be donated to the Houston Food Bank’s child hunger programs in support of Whataburger’s Feeding Student Success program. This is Whataburger’s signature community program operating at the intersection of food insecurity and education and focusing on helping students at all levels of education achieve their goals and dreams.
“So many children in our community face food insecurity, and we want to give them the best opportunity to succeed without having to worry about their next meal. Whataburger is proud to partner again with the Houston Food Bank, which offers incredible student-focused programs to give children the nutrition they need to be healthy and successful,” said Whataburger Regional Director of Operations Jeff Foster. “We’re hopeful our continued partnership with the Texans and the Houston Food Bank will support our most vulnerable and help families thrive during what continues to be an especially challenging time.”
The three-week fundraiser will begin with a special kick-off event on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Whataburger located on 7411 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074.
“Hunger relief remains a top priority for the Houston Texans and we continue to come together to help provide for our neighbors,” said Houston Texans Senior Vice President of Marketing and Community Development Jennifer Davenport. “The Houston Food Bank does amazing work for our community, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with Whataburger and our fans to make a meaningful contribution.”
Since the launch of the fundraiser in 2015, the Houston community has raised an impressive $705,988, which totals more than two million meals that the Houston Food Bank has provided, with each dollar yielding about three meals for Houstonians in need.
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. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 850 locations across its 14-state footprint, and sales of more than $2.8 billion annually. Whataburger has 50,000 Family Members (employees) and more than 60 million customers who like to customize their Whataburgers just the way they like it. Visit whataburger.com or pivot-you.com for more information. To apply for Whataburger jobs now, visit whataburger.com/careers.
ABOUT THE 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 $37 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 wellness 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 THE HOUSTON FOOD BANK
Houston Food Bank’s mission is to provide food for better lives. In the last fiscal year, which includes COVID-19 response, we provided access to 207 million nutritious meals in 18 counties in southeast Texas through our more than 1,800 community partners of food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers and schools. Filling gaps on plates, we have a strong focus on healthy foods and fresh produce. In collaboration with our community, we advocate for policy change and racial equity, and promote dialogue on ways to increase access to food and to improve the lives of those in our communities, including services and connections to programs that address the root causes of hunger and are aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability: 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. Houston Food Bank works alongside our partner food banks in Montgomery County, Galveston County 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.
Visit us online. Website: houstonfoodbank.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehoustonfoodbank; Twitter: @houstonfoodbank; Instagram: @houstonfoodbank; Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/houstonfoodbank