ABILENE, Texas -

On Tuesday morning a check in the amount of $7,500 was presented to the Food Bank of Central West Texas at the H-E-B on Barrow Street in Abilene. The donation was a result of the Help End Hunger campaign that ran across Texas from May 7, to June 25.

The money will fund more than 64,000 meals, which will be made available to Big Country residents served by the food bank.

The Help End Hunger campaign as a whole raised a total $731,000 to benefit 16 Texas food banks, surpassing last year's amount by nearly $200,000.

Tear-off coupons in the amounts of $1, $3 and $5 were located at checkout stands in area H-E-B grocery stores, where customers could add the desired donation amount to their final grocery bill to benefit their local food bank.

The Help End Hunger campaign has been around for 32 years and is a part of H-E-B's nationally recognized Food Bank Assistance program, giving customers the opportunity to help their local food bank in the fight against hunger and malnutrition among thousands of children, elderly and needy families in communities throughout Texas and Mexico.