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Victoria food bank gets truckload of help from H-E-B

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Dec. 15, 2011 at 6:15 a.m.

Martin Rios, of the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, unloads some of the 10,000 pounds of corn flakes donated to the food bank by H-E-B.

Things got a bit flaky at the local food bank Thursday.

A truckload of Hill Country Fare corn flakes arrived that morning, courtesy of H-E-B.

Each corn flake donation is valued at $10,000 and weighs about 10,400 pounds, according to a news release from the grocery chain.

"H-E-B really steps up," said Dennis Brown, executive director of the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent. "It is one of the few organizations nationally that is proactive in the way of feeding people."

Doug Wallace, general manager of H-E-B Plus in Victoria, who also serves on the food bank board of directors, said seeing the boxes of corn flakes being taken off the truck, made him proud.

"It's one of our biggest endeavors around the state to give back to the communities in which we operate," Wallace said.

"We realize hunger is a big issue in the state of Texas and we are fully committed to lending our corporate support in any way we can."

"When you look at this shipment of corn flakes, one of many being made around the state, it's gratifying to say I work for H-E-B," said Wallace.

The drop in Victoria was one of 15 made across the state, including to the Capital Area Food Bank, Southeast Texas Food Bank, Montgomery County Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi, Houston Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank, Brazos Valley Food Bank and Tarrant Area Food Bank.

By the end of 2011, H-E-B will have donated more than 26 million pounds of food to food banks, which represents more than 32.5 million meals, according to the news release.



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