WACO, Texas Baylor University on Thursday announced H-E-B is donating $75,000 to help support the university-related program that helps fight hunger in the community.
The Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty said the donation will help fund the Emergency Meals-to-You program over the next six months.
Launched in March, the program delivers meals to children in rural areas affected by COVID-19-related school closures.
“The support of our corporate partners is crucial as we work to meet the needs of Texas children who have been left with food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Baylor Collaborative founder and executive director Jeremy Everett.
“We are grateful for H-E-B’s continued support of our work and their commitment to Texas families. This gift will provide vital resources to ensure that we are efficient and effective in administrating the Emergency Meals-to-You food program.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Baylor Collaborative, McLane Global and PepsiCo are part of the collaborative.
H-E-B's donation will also help provide resources for the staff with the collaborative's Texas Hunger Initiative.
THI staff will support about 40 school districts across Texas, serving 175,000 kids, resulting in approximately 10 million meals served in the coming months, Baylor said.
“For many of our Texas families, the COVID-19 pandemic’s closure of schools has cut off access to nutritious food and resulted in significant stress and financial insecurity as families are left without a dependable source of food for their children," said Baylor Vice President for Advancement David Rosselli.
"We are grateful for community partners who are helping us bridge the gap for these children and families."