ABILENE, TX - H-E-B is doing their part to help the community during the holidays.
On Saturday, they hosted their second annual food drive to benefit the Food Bank of West Central Texas.
It was a family event. The Abilene Fire Dept. and Police Dept. came out. Executive Director of the West Central Texas Food Bank Jody Houston said it needs the supplies.
"Thanksgiving and Christmas put a tremendous strain on the food bank and the agencies that come to us for food," Houston said. "This food drive is essential."
The organization has a large reach and that's why there's a great need.
"We serve about 175 non-profits at agencies that have either feeding programs or they give out emergency food boxes to people that are in need," Houston said.
Even if someone can't give good, donating just one dollar equals five meals, said Houston.
Their goal is to collect one million items, but if they don't reach it they still appreciate all of the donations.
"Anything that we can get is going to be worthwhile," said Houston.
"Today through this morning H-E-B and our customers donated right around 290,000 items so far," said H-E-B Unit Director David McKenzie. "That's a lot of items for the food bank and it helps keep them stocked all through the holidays."
One H-E-B- employee feels that everyone can relate to this cause.
Assistant H-E-B Store Director Maria Navejas said, "I'm sure everyone can speak of a time that they struggled and it's a great opportunity for us to be apart of this so that we can help anyone who is in need."
Around 6 p.m. on Saturday, the food bank collected more than $10,000 and received 300,000 items.