Killeen: Hundreds turn out as H-E-B hosts food bank at shuttered store

Hundreds of people turned out Monday as H-E-B hosted its second monthly food bank Monday morning outside the store it closed in October in Killeen. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Hundreds of people turned out Monday as H-E-B hosted its second monthly food bank Monday morning outside the store it closed in October at 809 North Gray St.

“I think H-E-B is doing a great thing," Killeen resident Gerald Harris said.
"I'm just thankful and grateful that I'm able to come down her and get something for my family."

H-E-B launched the “large-scale, mobile food pantry distribution with the Central Texas Food Bank in the parking lot of the closing downtown store,” in response to concerns that residents who depended on the supermarket wouldn’t have easy access to alternative places to shop.

From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, H-E-B employees provided donated produce and food items to about 800 residents.

About 75 H-E-B employees volunteered to help out Monday.

The next mobile distribution is on Dec. 18, but H-E-B spokesman Johnny Mojica said the company is open to continuing the mobile food pantry’s into 2020.