[Austin, TX] Kiolbassa Smoked Meats donated more than two tons of smoked sausage to the Central Texas Food Bank on Monday, November 8 at 9 a.m. Through this donation, Kiolbassa and H-E-B hope to raise awareness of the impact of food insecurity in Central Texas, while providing meals to communities and people in need. The donation is part of a cross-country donation tour by Kiolbassa’s Links of Love program.
The donation consisted of 4,224 pounds of Kiolbassa Smoked Meats’ premium smoked meats to the Food Bank. The approximate 24,500 servings of food will supplement the Central Texas Food Bank’s mission to provide food to the 470,000 people in need in the organization’s 21-county service area. “At H-E-B, we are deeply committed to helping families with the resources they need to avoid hunger,” said Felicia Pena, H-E-B Public Affairs Manager. “We’re proud to work alongside Kiolbassa in this initiative to support our communities in Central Texas.”
According to Central Texas Food Bank, nearly 40% of Central Texans facing food insecurity earn too much to qualify for federal nutrition assistance programs. For these working poor, food assistance provided by the Food Bank and its Partner Agencies is crucial.
“Many Central Texas families are still struggling with the economic effects of the pandemic,” said Derrick Chubbs, President and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank. “When faced with difficult budget choices, many of our clients are forced to forego more expensive food products like animal protein. We're thrilled to work with Kiolbassa Smoked Meats Links of Love program to help nourish our neighbors in need.”
The Links of Love products are exclusively made for food banks and disaster relief meal preparation, with each product made using the highest quality meat and ingredients. For Kiolbassa, it is about bringing the much-needed protein for all to enjoy, improve lives, and benefit communities.
“We know that protein is hard to come by for people experiencing food insecurity. Through our Links of Love program, we created a special all-pork fully cooked smoked sausage to help provide nourishment to Central Texas families in need,” said Wendy Stiles, community enrichment director of Kiolbassa Smoked Meats.
Kiolbassa encourages viewers to visit Central Texas Food Bank’s webpage and click the “get involved” button to learn how you can join the fight against hunger.
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About Kiolbassa Smoked Meats: Family owned for three generations, Kiolbassa Smoked Meats produces hand-crafted, smoked sausage, bacon and chorizo using the finest cuts of meat. Their mission is to enrich the lives of others by reintroducing the nation to premium, authentic smoked meats made the old-fashioned way. Kiolbassa Smoked Meats distributes their products to select grocery retailers and club stores across the U.S. and Mexico. Visit our website at www.kiolbassa.com.
About Central Texas Food Bank: The mission of Central Texas Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger. Founded in 1981, the Food Bank provides food and grocery products through a network of about 300 Partner Agencies and nutrition programs, serving nearly 65,000 people every week. Headquartered in Austin, the Food Bank serves 21 counties in Central Texas, an area about twice the size of Massachusetts. For more information on the Food Bank and its programs, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org.
About H-E-B: H-E-B, with sales of $32 billion, operates more than 420 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 116th anniversary this year. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience and lowest prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs over 137,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit HEB.com and //HEB.com/Newsroom.