The United Way of the Coastal Bend (UWCB) has currently raised over $363,056 in donations in just a few weeks in response to the new COVID-19 Fund.

All donations, 100-percent have been and will be dispersed to local non-profit organizations in the coastal bend.

These funds will support organizations that help citizens with health care needs, emergency shelter and mental health services.

The coastal bend food bank received $10,000 from the fund and was able to afford more food and emergency boxes to help feed residents in need. Coastal Bend Food Bank Executive, Bea Hanson spoke on channel KRIS 6 news Monday “We have many residents needing food lining up in cars at the distribution sites and expressing they have never had to this before.” Since the pandemic the food bank has hosted 72 disaster distributions and served over 43,000 residents.

A total of 28 non-profit organizations have already received funding from the effort.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from our donors and area businesses,” stated in response to the donations Libby Averyt, President and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Bend. “The needs of our community are vast and ever-changing, and it’s through the generosity of others that we are able to continue to help those being impacted.”

To donate to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, please visit the United Way of the Coastal Bend website at