What a Donation: East Texas Food Bank Receives Over $ 10,000 | Local News

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Representatives from Whataburger visited the East Texas Food Bank to present Director of Advancement Donna Spann with a check in the amount of $ 10,331.27 on Tuesday. The donation comes after Whataburger’s very first system-wide fundraiser to benefit Feeding America.

The local giveaway is one of more than $ 300,000 Whataburger customers donated across the restaurant’s 10 states during the company’s Orange Spirit Week celebration on its 71st birthday. The funds raised benefited the communities where they were donated.

DKT Whataburger franchisee marketing director Nicole Jones said fundraising was a positive way to give back to the community.

“Food insecurity continues to be a problem facing many. No one should ever have to worry about not being able to provide a meal for their family. Whataburger is proud to help keep our community and our children nourished and on track to a bright future right here in Tyler and surrounding communities, ”said Jones. “Our Orange Spirit Week fundraiser supported the Whataburger Feeding Student Success community program, which supports education and tackles food insecurity. We want to help students and families in the East Texas area achieve their goals and dreams. “

Spann said the donation was a big help.

“This donation means a lot to us at East Texas Food Bank as it will provide up to 80,000 meals to the children, families and seniors we serve across our 26-county service area. Our Whataburger restaurants continue to be great partners and supporters of our mission to fight hunger and nourish hope in East Texas, ”said Spann.

Spann went on to say that the need was great but not always a visible problem.

“1 in 5 Eastern Texans, including 1 in 4 children, are hungry today. This means they don’t know where their next meal may come from. Food is a basic need and that is why it is so important for us to continue to work with our partner agencies and feeding programs to provide as much food as possible to help those who are currently struggling. Hunger is something that you cannot see often, so it is important to be able to have the resources to address it, ”she said.

“The East Texas Food Bank provided nearly 25 million meals and served more than 111,000 households last year. Even as some of the effects of COVID wane, we are still seeing an increased need above what we normally serve, ”Spann said. “It is so important that the community continues to support our work by donating money, volunteering to help and raising awareness of the hunger plaguing right here at home. “

For more information, visit www.easttexasfoodbank.org.

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