Texans always love H-E-B, but especially after Hurricane Harvey

(Photo by Jay Janner/American-Statesman)

During this whirlwind of a storm that just won’t seem to stop, H-E-B has emerged at the forefront of the relief efforts, delivering literal tons of supplies to the battered cities along the coast and feeding thousands of evacuees at shelters around the state.

The social media love for this San Antonio-based grocer has been strong, with hundreds of people tweeting and sharing memes on Facebook about H-E-B coming to Texans’ rescue when they need them most.

Even CEO Charles Butt — the subject of this Dallas Morning News piece, “Why can’t we have more billionaires like Texas grocery magnate Charles Butt?” in July, just weeks before Harvey — has even been sitting in on the emergency preparedness meetings.

So far, they’ve donated more than $1 million in disaster relief in the forms of free meals, food bank donations and financial commitments.

Here’s a breakdown, by the numbers, of some of that assistance:

  • 72,240: Cases of water distributed so far (43 truckloads)
  • 56,000: Bags of ice distributed so far (15 truck loads)
  • 2: Helicopters used to fly in logistics experts to stranded warehouse facilities to help them reopen
  • 15: Shelters in Central Texas alone are receiving supplies from H-E-B
  • 2,500: Meals per hour that H-E-B can serve from its 45-foot-long mobile kitchens
  • 4,500: Meals Central Market served this week to shelters in Dallas
  • 100: H-E-B partners who volunteered at the San Antonio food bank last weekend

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If you want to find out the latest on H-E-B’s disaster efforts, as well as store closures and where to find assistance if you need it, follow @HEBprepared on Twitter or follow their Facebook page.

Here are some of our favorite H-E-B love tweets from the past few days:






Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.com.

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