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From left, Angela Thompson of Whataburger, Nicole Jones of Whataburger, Kayla Richardson of Whataburger, Donna Spann of East Texas Food Bank and Stacy Williams of Whataburger show a $10,000 donation from Whataburger to the food bank in Tyler.

Whataburger has donated more than $10,000 to the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler, which serves Panola and 25 other area counties.

Whataburger representatives traveled to the East Texas Food Bank this past week to present Chief Advancement Officer Donna Spann with a check for $10,331. The donation comes after Whataburger’s first systemwide fundraiser benefiting Feeding America.

The local gift is part of more than $300,000 that Whataburger customers donated across the restaurant’s 10-state footprint during the company’s Orange Spirit Week celebration of its 71st anniversary. Funds raised benefited the communities where they were given.

DKT Whataburger franchisee Marketing Director Nicole Jones said the fundraiser was a positive way to give back to the community.

“Food insecurity continues to be an issue that many face. No one should ever have to worry about not being able to provide a meal for their family,” Jones said. “Whataburger is proud to help keep our community and children nourished and on the path to bright futures right here in the Tyler and surrounding communities.”

Spann said the donation was a tremendous help.

“This donation means a lot to us at the East Texas Food Bank because it will provide up to 80,000 meals for the children, families and seniors we serve throughout our 26-county service area,” she said. “Our Whataburger restaurants continue to be great partners and supporters of our mission to fight hunger and feed hope in East Texas.”

Spann said the need is great but not always a visible issue.

“One in five East Texans, including one in four children, are hungry today. This means they don’t know where their next meal may come from,” she said. “Food is an essential need, and that’s why it is so important for us to continue working with our partner agencies and feeding programs to provide as much food as possible to help those that are struggling right now.”

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