H-E-B announced it is donating $1 million to support Texas food banks that are helping families in need after last week’s freezing weather.

The Texas-based grocery chain says the donation will support 18 food banks throughout the Lone Star State. H-E-B works directly with food banks that are affiliated with Feeding Texas, a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization.

Additionally, H-E-B says it has already delivered 23 truckloads of food as well as nearly $100,000 in Meal Simple meals to food banks.

H-E-B will also launch a donation campaign online and in all its stores across the state. Customers can contribute by making monetary donations at the register for $1, $3, or $5 or by visiting heb.com/donate. All funds from the donation campaign will support Texas food banks affiliated with Feeding Texas.

“As we emerge from the bitter cold, these donations come at a critical time to help our fellow Texans get back on their feet,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs. “H-E-B is here for Texas, and we will do everything we can to support those in need across our great state.”

Throughout the year, the H-E-B Hunger Relief Program works to raise awareness and battle hunger. In 2020, to meet the increased needs brought on by Covid-19, the program donated 41 million pounds of food to food banks, a 35-percent increase from the prior year.

Since 1982, the year the program was founded, H-E-B has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to 5,500 non-profit organizations in Texas and Mexico.