Wells Fargo helped the San Antonio Food Bank distribute food to about 500 families at a pop-up distribution site that will be set up every Tuesday in August.
The San Antonio Food Bank is seeing about 120,000 people per week, twice the amount they helped before the coronavirus pandemic.
“And I think it’s that uncertainty that, for me, makes me look at our inventory to say, you know, can our inventory keep up the amount of demand that’s on it? Will we have enough food to make sure no one goes hungry?” Eric Cooper said.
H-E-B announced Wednesday a new initiative that aims to raise $2 million for Texas food banks struggling to meet demand since the coronavirus outbreak began.
San Antonio-based grocery giant H-E-B has launched an initiative billed as the Summer of Giving, pledging to donate to nonprofit group Feeding Texas each time a shopper buys an H-E-B brand product.
The Farmers-to-Families Food Box program provides fresh produce, dairy, and protein to families in need. According to the USDA, the program launched in May and saw food purchases of $947 million.
With millions of people out of work, food banks have seen a major surge in demand since March. But August is set to be one of the busiest months yet, and that worries food bank operators.
Eric Cooper, President & CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, said the number of people helped each week by the Food Bank doubled from 60,000 to 120,000 at the start of the economic shutdown in March.
“The economic crisis of COVID-19 is creating havoc. The P-EBT program is a great benefit for families with kids that qualify, but those families need to act now," said Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, in a press release Wednesday. "We would hate to see $17,000,000 go to waste when [...]
San Antonio Food Bank officials said the money raised by Papa John’s can help provide 100,000 meals for families in San Antonio.