ExxonMobil makes $250,000 donation to local food banks

Volunteers unload food donations for the Montgomery County Food Bank. (Courtesy Drive West Communications)
Volunteers unload food donations for the Montgomery County Food Bank. (Courtesy Drive West Communications)

Volunteers unload food donations for the Montgomery County Food Bank. (Courtesy Drive West Communications)

ExxonMobil will donate $250,000 to the Houston and Montgomery County food banks, according to a press release April 3.

The energy company said the Houston Food Bank will receive $200,000, including $50,000 in gasoline gift cards. The Montgomery County Food Bank will also receive $50,000.

“We value the important roles the Houston and Montgomery County food banks are playing in supplying food to vulnerable populations in the Houston region during these difficult times,” said Suzanne McCarron, vice president of public and government affairs at ExxonMobil. “We hope our contributions will help their efforts and those who need assistance as our community pulls together to defeat COVID-19.”

Brian Greene, president and chief executive officer of Houston Food Bank, said the nonprofit serves hundreds of thousands of people and has seen an uptick in need due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

"This generous donation from ExxonMobil will allow us to provide food for children, senior citizens and families, including the most vulnerable—those who don’t have the means to have reserves of food and other necessities," Greene said.


The Montgomery County Food Bank has also seen an rise in need and is currently working with 60 other nonprofits, local school districts and senior home facilities to distribute food, according to the press release.

Allison Hulett, president and chief executive officer at the Montgomery County Food Bank, thanked ExxonMobil for its gift, which she said provides the nonprofit with a "measure of stability" during the outbreak.

“Tens of thousands of people are looking to us for hunger relief during this challenging time," Hulett said.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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