WACO, Texas — Baylor University received a $75,000 from H-E-B to support a Baylor initiative that is helping provide food to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The donation from the H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust will provide staffing support to the Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, that helps fund an "emergency meals-to-you" effort for the next six months. 

The "emergency meals-to-you" effort was launched as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Baylor Collaborative, McLane Global and PepsiCo as a plan to deliver meals to children in rural areas affected by COVID-19 relates school closures. 

“The support of our corporate partners is crucial as we work to meet the needs of Texas children who have been left with food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Baylor Collaborative founder and executive director Jeremy Everett said in press release. “We are grateful for H-E-B’s continued support of our work and their commitment to Texas families. This gift will provide vital resources to ensure that we are efficient and effective in administrating the Emergency Meals-to-You food program.”

The recent gift from H-E-B will directly support the Baylor Collaborative’s work in Texas to increase food access for families by providing resources for staff with the Baylor Collaborative’s Texas Hunger Initiative as they implement the meal program in Texas, assist rural school districts and coordinate with appropriate state agencies. 

The funding also will support THI staff as they work with rural Texas school districts to implement best-practice curbside and mobile meals in response to COVID-19 school closures.

Specifically, the Baylor Collaborative’s THI staff will support about 40 school districts across Texas, serving 175,000 kids, resulting in approximately 10 million meals served in the coming months.

“We are truly grateful for H-E-B’s support of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and their work to help our food-insecure families,” said Baylor Vice President for Advancement David Rosselli. “We are grateful for community partners who are helping us bridge the gap for these children and families through the emergency meals-to-you program, and we are grateful for the many other corporate and private donors who are helping with these efforts.”

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