BEAUMONT, Texas — 12News spent all day Thursday running a virtual food drive along with the SETX Food Bank hoping to reach a goal of $250,000 by June 1.

We've surpassed the $225,000 mark as we get closer to our goal to help feed hungry Southeast Texas families.

As of 10:30 p.m, May 21, 2020, between individual and corporate donations YOU have helped us raise $227,202!!

YOU can still help...

TEXT 'FEED' TO 409-838-1212

Here's some of the companies that have chipped in so far...

  • ExxonMonil -  $25,000
  • Entergy - $10,000
  • Tegna - $5,000
  • Texas Regional Title - $5,000
  • Education First FCU - $2,500
  • Beaumont Asset Management - $1,000

Communities across Southeast Texas are struggling like never before, and there are local families going hungry in numbers not seen in generations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Demands on the Southeast Texas Food Bank and local food pantries are huge

12News is teaming up with the SETX Food Bank to meet this historic demand, but we need your help to meet our goal of $250,000 by June 1.

That money will go directly to our community and help local families who need it most. 

Did you know that as little as $1 can help provide up to three meals for those hit hardest economically by coronavirus? $25 can provide 75 meals!

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Donating is super easy. You can text 'FEED' to 409-838-1212. You can also CLICK HERE for the SETX Food Bank Donation Form.

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The Southeast Texas Food Bank ordinarily distributes enough food for more than 600,000 meals per month, but the potential demand for services in this food shortage climate may be unprecedented and could possibly double or triple that requirement. 

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