(September 1, 2011 - SAN ANTONIO) - Whataburger today announced its sponsorship of the San Antonio Food Bank's SA Goes Orange campaign, designed to encourage everyone across southwest Texas to "Go Orange" and take action to fight hunger during September, Hunger Action Month.
During today's press conference at the Food Bank, Whataburger Senior Regional Director of Operations, Rob Rodriguez, presented Food Bank representatives with $20,000 to help fund the management and distribution of food to the area's most needy families and individuals.
"In support of Hunger Action Month, Whataburger employees will volunteer their time and resources to help feed the hungry in our community," said Pam Cox, Whataburger Group Director Corporate Communications. "We are excited to join the Food Bank's fight against hunger and help raise awareness of this issue in San Antonio and across southwest Texas."
This is the second year Whataburger has sponsored the SA Goes Orange campaign. In 2010, Whataburger's monetary contributions and volunteer efforts supported nearly 325,000 meals to area children, seniors, individuals and families in need.
For this year's campaign, Whataburger will host an internal food drive for employees to donate kid friendly and ready-to-eat snack items to the Food Bank's BackPack Program during the month of September. The company's food drive will wrap up Friday, Sept. 23 with Whataburger volunteers packing food donations into backpacks to be distributed throughout the school year to children who are at risk of going hungry over a weekend or holiday. Additionally, Whataburger employees and their families will volunteer their time at the Food Bank on Saturday, Sept. 10 to work in the warehouse and garden.
"Help is always needed, which is why we are so thankful for Whataburger's continued support of the individuals and families in our community who count on the Food Bank's services every day," said Eric Cooper, President/CEO, San Antonio Food Bank. "With Whataburger's contribution to this city-wide initiative, we are one step closer to eliminating hunger in southwest Texas."
According to the Food Bank, nearly one out of every four children and one out of every five adults in southwest Texas lives in poverty and has difficulty meeting basic nutritional needs. In addition, sixty-five percent of the people requesting emergency food have children.
ABOUT THE SAN ANTONIO FOOD BANK: The San Antonio Food Bank is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization providing millions of pounds of food to over 450 charitable organizations in Southwest Texas serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, the San Antonio Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security. For more information about the San Antonio Food Bank, visit our website at www.safoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/safoodbank or follow our news on Twitter at http://twitter.com/safoodbank.
ABOUT WHATABURGER: Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers: "What a burger!" Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, all-American beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 700 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $1 billion annually. Visit www.whataburger.com for more information on the company or become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/whataburger.
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