H-E-B plans to deliver thousands of meals to health care workers in hospitals statewide who are battling the coronavirus outbreak. The grocery giant says the meal deliveries start today. In San Antonio, HEB will deliver meals to hundreds of health care workers at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital in the Medical Center. About 75-thousand meals will be delivered to doctors, nurses and other health care professionals across Texas, including those in the ER caring for patients with the virus.
H-E-B released the following information in a news release:
"Continuing the charge of Texans helping Texans, H-E-B will deliver 75,000 fresh chef-inspired meals to hospitals across Texas to feed our healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.
Each week for the next five weeks, H-E-B will deliver Meal Simple meals to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers engaged directly with COVID-19 patients as well as those working in emergency rooms. The microwaveable meals are ready to eat in under two minutes, making them an easy, convenient solution for busy healthcare workers on the frontlines.
“We’re all extremely grateful for the dedication of our healthcare workers who are saving lives and making personal sacrifices for others,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs. “We want to express some well-deserved appreciation and hope these meals will provide a bit of comfort during these trying times.”
This meal donation, which is worth more than $350,000, comes on the heels of H-E-B’s $3 million commitment to help local nonprofits that are providing relief to some of our most vulnerable neighbors: seniors, children and low-income families. Keeping with its Spirit of Giving and Helping Here philosophies, H-E-B, along with Central Market, Joe V’s Smart Shop and Mi Tienda, are dedicated to supporting communities throughout Texas, especially during times of need.
As part of this charitable investment, H-E-B has donated:
- More than $1.2 million and nearly 40 truckloads of food and household supplies to food banks, which will provide more than 6.5 million meals for Texans;
- $1 million to support grass-roots nonprofits;
- $500,000 to organizations dedicated to mobilized home feeding services for seniors and low-income families, such as Meals on Wheels; and
- $300,000 to assist Texas Biomedical Research Institute, a San Antonio-based organization with a team dedicated to coronavirus research.
H-E-B also is running the Texans Helping Texans checkstand donation campaign in all its stores across the state, giving customers the opportunity to support several organizations providing essential services, such as United Way, Meals on Wheels and Feeding Texas.
Whether it’s in our stores or in the more than 300 communities we serve, H-E-B is here to stand by and help all Texans. We are in this as a community and it’s important to support one another during this time of need. Together, we can slow the spread in Texas."