WACO, TX — Caritas of Waco will benefit from the donations collected from the H-E-B "Help End Hunger" campaign.
During shopper's check-out experience, they can ad a $1, $3 or $5 donation to their grocery bill. The fund collected will in return help stock Caritas, the local food pantry in Waco. H-E-B helps many food pantries around Texas.
This fundraiser is especially important because the donated funds will help give food to families in need. As the summer months start, school is out where kids usually got their breakfast and lunch is no longer easily accessible. Thanks to the community, H-E-B and Caritas, the thought of where their next meal will come from doesn't have to be as worrisome.
Caritas states that 30 percent of the Waco population lives in poverty.
"There are some families that are requiring more food assistance and so our volumes in clients increases and so the demand upon our food supply also increases," said Buddy Edwards, Executive Director of Caritas.
Roseanna Garcia is a single mom, raising four children and has to shop at Caritas once a month.
"I don't get help from their father so this is a big blessing for us," Garcia said.
She usually takes her kids with her when shopping at Caritas, hoping to inspire them to always work hard for what they want.
Even sometimes volunteering with her children, she makes them understand there are people in the world that have even less than they do.
"I have a full-time job but sometimes things happen. It's important that we can count on each other in a city to build each other up," Garcia said.
Thankful for the community, shopping trips like this one, couldn't happen without donations.
"They live in a state of what we call food insecurity, which basically means they're not for certain where there next meal is going to be coming from," Edwards said.
The "Help End Hunger" campaign will run though June 25.