South Texas Food Bank prepares for Empty Bowls fundraiser

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The event honors the Beaumont Foundation of America for its contribution to the South Texas Food Bank mission of feeding the hungry and features a concert by the Commodores, the Grammy Award winning musical group of the 1970

The announcement was made May 20 at the LEA by the South Texas Food Bank board Anna Galo President; Sen. Judith Zaffirini, a former Empty Bowls honoree and Leslie Benavides, Chair of the development committee.

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - The South Texas Food Bank’s annual fundraiser, Empty Bowls VIII, will take place on Aug. 22 at the Laredo Energy Arena. The event honors the Beaumont Foundation of America for its contribution to the South Texas Food Bank mission of feeding the hungry and features a concert by the Commodores, the Grammy Award winning musical group of the 1970's and 80's.

The announcement was made May 20 at the LEA by the South Texas Food Bank board Anna Galo President; Sen. Judith Zaffirini, a former Empty Bowls honoree and Leslie Benavides, Chair of the development committee.

South Texas Food Bank (STFB), celebrating its 25th anniversary, opened in 1989 under the auspices of H-E-B as the Laredo Webb-County Food Bank distributing supplemental food to the unemployed, under-employed and those living on fixed incomes especially the elderly. The STFB, member of Feeding Texas (formerly Texas Food Bank Network) and the national organization Feeding America, now serves an eight-county area from Del Rio (Val Verde County) to Rio Grande City (Starr County), helping an average of 27,000 families, 7,000 elderly, 7,000 children and 500 veterans and their widows per month.

Sixty percent of the annual budget comes from government sources and the other 40 percent from grants from non-profit groups, private donations and fundraisers.


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