Valero’s Stuff the Truck Helps Feed Children in Need
Competition is the ultimate motivator for Valero employees. And when that competitive spirit collides with Valero’s United Way campaign, anything can happen.
For the ‘Green Team’ – Team 3 Finance & Treasury – that meant wiping out seven aisles of food at H-E-B to pack up and donate to the San Antonio Food Bank during the company’s “Stuff the Truck and a Backpack” event on Thursday. Team Leaders Adam Arevalos, Magdalena Cooper and Heather Davis led a proud procession of nearly 100 fellow green-clad team members down the Valero front drive to present 4,489 pounds of goods to Valero CEO Bill Klesse. The food donation, driven to its destination by fellow Green Team member Dan Stanush, was made possible by employee cash donations that totaled $5,363 – all raised in a single week. And because the team utilized coupons, they were able to fill their baskets with even more peanut butter, cereal, macaroni and cheese, soups, canned goods, pasta and jelly.
“Our team really came through on this one,” Davis said in an announcement to her team. “We should all feel so proud to be a part of such a great team effort for an amazing cause!”
Overall, Valero employees generously donated 13,907 pounds of food – enough to fill two Food Bank trucks. The effort brings Valero’s overall total to 134,873 pounds of food since the first “Stuff the Truck” effort began in 2008. Valero’s Stuff the Truck missions in August always focus on students and donations of school-ready food to help children return to class ready to learn. In association with this effort, Valero employees also filled more than 170 backpacks with school supplies, and distributed them to children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio. Thanks to their generosity, students from 13 school districts and more than 40 different schools across the San Antonio area received supplies for the new year.
During the event, the Valero Foundation also presented a check for $3 million to Feeding America, as part of the company’s “Fuel Up to Fight Hunger” campaign during the second quarter. Feeding America and Valero launched the campaign April 4, to give motorists a chance to fight hunger in their communities simply by filling up with Valero fuel. For each 8-gallon fuel purchase made at a participating Valero outlet, Valero donated $1 to the local food bank in that area, up to $3 million nationally.
“This is a good day,” Klesse told participants. “Our employees are the best.”
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