Hamburgers (and More) for Harvey’s Sake




Have lunch and contribute to the Harvey relief effort at the same time on Friday, September 8, thanks to the East Texas Food Bank (ETFB) and several Whataburger restaurants in our region.

Eat at a participating Whataburger between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 100 percent of the proceeds from sales will be donated to support the food bank’s Harvey disaster relief efforts in Southeast Texas. Participating locations are in Athens, Bullard, Chandler, Crockett, Gilmer, Gun Barrel City, Henderson, Jacksonville, Kilgore, Lindale, Longview, Malakoff, Mineola, Palestine, Rusk, Tyler and White Oak.

ETFB is serving as a hub for its sister food bank, the Southeast Texas Food Bank of Beaumont, Texas, to provide support and food for the pantries and shelters they serve in Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk and Sabine counties. Eight truckloads of food and disaster items were shipped from ETFB to the disaster area just this past weekend. Truckloads of items such as meals ready-to-eat (MREs), disaster boxes, and personal care items were also shipped to Hardin and Jasper counties.

Besides the effort this Friday in East Texas, the Texas-based Whataburger has donated $150,000 to the Red Cross, and another $500,000 to local food banks to be deployed in the areas of greatest need. The company pledged an additional $1 million to the Whataburger Family Foundation to help its impacted employees with necessities like clothing, food, medical bills, and monetary assistance.

Additionally, ETFB reminds us that if anyone cannot stop for lunch at a Whataburger on Friday, there are other ways to give to the Harvey relief effort.

Other Ways to Help:

  • Make a monetary gift today at EastTexasFoodBank.org/HarveyRelief. Every dollar received for disaster relief will be used specifically for those needs.
  • Donate ready-to-eat shelf-stable staples like pop-top canned meats or fish, powdered milk, cereal, canned fruit, fruit cups and peanut butter/jelly to meet the immediate needs of those seeking help.
  • Donate shelf-stable foods and water needed on a long-term basis for those who return to their homes.
  • Donate cleaning supplies (bleach, soaps and paper towels).
  • Donate personal hygine items (bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, shampoo and diapers).
  • Volunteer to assist us with the sorting of donated goods and items.  Check our the “Volunteer Opportunities” on EastTexasFoodBank.org to see available times.
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