Hunger doesn’t go on summer break, and neither does H-E-B’s efforts to combat the issue. Committed to fighting hunger throughout Texas and Mexico, H-E-B delivered more than 1.5 million apples to 16 food banks throughout the state this summer.

“H-E-B has been an essential partner of our Food Bank throughout the years,” said Food Bank of Corpus Christi Executive Director Bea Hanson. “This summer children and their families will enjoy fresh and healthy apples thanks to the generosity of H-E-B."

A truckload of Red Delicious apples were unloaded on Thursday at the Food Bank of Corpus Christi at 826 Krill St. The donation will help provide necessary nutrition to families in need during the summer months. Altogether, more than 620,000 pounds of apples were delivered to the 16 food banks.

Last year, H-E-B’s Food Bank Assistance Program donated 31.1 million pounds of food and nonperishable items to families in need, which equates to more than 24 million meals. Since 1982, the program has contributed more than 980 million pounds of food to more than 5,500 non-profit organizations throughout Texas and Mexico. 

Each Texas food bank H-E-B partners with during this drive is affiliated with Feeding Texas, a member of Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Feeding Texas estimates that 1 in 6 Texans struggles to avoid hunger. Last year, the organization distributed more than 300 million pounds of food to communities across the Lone Star State.

"The Food Bank of Corpus Christi is committed to provide healthy food to families, and H-E-B is helping us keep our commitment,” Hanson said.

The Food Bank of Corpus Christi is a nonprofit organization that solicits and distributes food which might otherwise go to waste or be discarded by manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. Since 1982, the Food Bank has been fighting hunger in the Coastal Bend by providing food and personal care products to various charity and service agencies in our 11–county service area. Our mission is “to reduce hunger in South Texas through food distribution and nutrition education.”