Brookshire Grocery Co. has donated 325 bags of nonperishable food items to the East Texas Food Bank, according to a news release.

The donations were made possible through the collection event, which as held from Dec. 19 through Saturday at the Brookshire’s store on Rice Road.

“The holidays are such a joyous time for so many of us, and our mission is to ensure that feeling for our East Texas neighbors that are experiencing the despair of food insecurity,” said East Texas Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Dennis Cullinane.

“We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with Brookshire Grocery Co. to help us fight hunger and feed hope for 240,000-plus children, families and seniors facing hunger today.”

Brad Brookshire, chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co., said the company was proud to again fight hunger by partnering with the food bank.

“Hunger relief is a cause we work to support in our communities all year long, but it is especially meaningful to help individuals in need during the holiday season. We truly appreciate our customers for their generous support to make this possible,” Brookshire said.

Brookshire Grocery Co. began sponsoring the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive in 1982 in partnership with the Rose City Kiwanis Club in Tyler, and provides about a half-million pounds of food to people in need throughout the company’s market areas each year.

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