Several companies are stepping up to help the Houston Food Bank after an ammonia leak, on Nov. 19, led to around 1.8 million pounds of food being thrown out.
Kroger Houston donated $50,000 and delivered a truckload of perishable food to the Houston Food Bank, which serves food pantries across the city, KHOU 11 News reported.
“Kroger is a longtime partner of the Houston Food Bank, so when we heard about the leak we knew we had to step in. It is our honor and responsibility to assist the food bank in their time of dire need while also upholding our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment,” Joe Kelley, president of Kroger Houston division, said.
San Antonio-based H-E-B said it plans to send at least three truckloads of produce, meats, and dry goods to the food bank in the coming days, Houston Chronicle reported.
“It is our privilege to enlist H-E-B’s manpower and supplies to ensure the Houston Food Bank not only recovers but is able to continue fulfilling its mission of feeding families in need,” Lisa Helfman, director of H-E-B Public Affairs Houston, said.
Additionally, Chicago-based United Airlines said the company would match up to $100,000 in individual donations to the food bank.
Earlier this week, the nonprofit food bank said it had to throw out all of its refrigerated food after a fan broke last week in a storage room, severing a line containing ammonia that cools the space. So, the food bank has had to rely on refrigerator trucks stationed in the parking lot to manage the outpouring of food donations.
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