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Sep 11, 2013 12:45 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Hefty Donations Will Help Feed The Hungry

CORPUS CHRISTI - September is "hunger awareness" month across the nation. Right here in Corpus Christi, a local business is doing what they can, to give back to the Coastal Bend by helping to feed the hungry.

Braselton Homes will donate $250 to the Food Bank for every home sold in September. From Portland to Corpus Christi, there are seven different developments that have homes for sale that are eligible to be part of the cause.

Bart Braselton, Vice President of the company, says this seems like the best way to help people in need, while raising awareness about the people that go hungry here in our community.

Braselton says hopefully this will help folks in need of a bite to eat, especially with the holidays right around the corner. "People normally think of this around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but when we learned of Hunger Action Month, we thought September would be a great month to start rolling into the holidays," he said.

The Food Bank couldn't be more grateful for businesses like Braselton Homes helping to give back.

Executive Director Bea Hanson says that's because tens of thousands of people here in the Coastal Bend don't know where their next meal is coming from or how they're going to pay for it.

"We're feeding 19,000 people on any given week," Hanson said.

With so many hungry mouths to feed, shelves clear out quite often at the Food Bank and as Hanson explains, many of those in need are strapped for cash. "We deal with people who have fixed incomes and a lot of them receive food stamps and so according to the food stamp office, a person should be able to eat on $4.05 a day or $1.35 per meal," she said.

Which is why, Hanson explains that just a buck donated can go such a long way.

"At the Food Bank, we can stretch a dollar - 7 meals to every dollar donated," she added.

That's where Braselton says teaming up with the Food Bank is the perfect way to give back to the community.

"We're going to donate $250 per home," Braselton said.

That money will continue to fill up boxes which are loaded up and delivered to families who are in need. Hanson says this is a great way to make a difference, especially for the ones who need it most.

"They thought of this idea and to share their profits and what a better way than to feed children," she said.

Hanson says while feeding hungry people is the priority, maintaining a healthy diet on a dime is part of their plan too.

To help feed the hungry, please visit: http://www.foodbankcc.com/recurring-donation-2/

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