Category Archives: Giving Back

Knapp Foundation Gives Boost to Food Bank RGV

Stuart Haniff, Food Bank RGV CEO, with a $14,952 grant check from the Knapp Community Care Foundation.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley now has $14,952 more to provide food assistance to families in the Rio Grande Valley, thanks to a grant from the Knapp Community Care Foundation. The need for Food Bank RGV’s services has seen an increase with health and financial issues coming with both COVID-19 and Hurricane Hanna. With the funds, more than 75,000 meals will be available to underserved populations, according…

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McAllen VA to Distribute Produce to Veterans

A produce distribution drive-through takes place Sept. 10 to provide free fruits and vegetables to veterans. The event is made possible via a partnership between VA Texas Valley Costal Bend Health Care System and the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. Food insecurity is a serious issue affecting many Americans either daily or at the end of the month when financial resources are exhausted. Food insecurity is especially prevalent…

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Edinburg Chamber Donates to Boys & Girls Club

The Edinburg Chamber and its business members donated school supplies to the Boys & Girls Club of the Rio Grande Valley after hosting a two-week-long school supply drive. The start of the 2020-2021 school year may look very different but many students must still purchase school supplies. The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce made the decision to help parents alleviate this stress. Distribution of the supplies took place at the club…

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India Association Provides 42,000 Meals

Hari Namboodiri and Shima Choudhary, president and secretary of the India Association of Rio Grande valley present a check to Food Bank CEO Stuart Haniff. Joining them are India Association board members Sreekanth Nangavaram and KV Kanneganti.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley has received a donation of $8,400 from the India Association of the Rio Grande Valley. The India Association launched their “Stop Hunger” campaign in June and then extended it through July. Their goal is to provide as many meals possible to families in need amid the global pandemic. “India Association of RGV is always at the forefront of helping humanity. We are…

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Virtual Back to School Week With the IMAS

BBVA Foundation awards the IMAS $5,000 in support of daytime educational programming in 2020. Pictured earlier this year are IMAS Director of Development & Marketing Anastasia Perez, IMAS Director of Education Claudia Martinez Gray, BBVA VP of Community Relations Robert Rossel, IMAS Executive Director Ann Fortescue and BBVA Corporate Relations Manager Ernesto Sepulveda.

The International Museum of Art & Science will host a virtual back to school week Aug. 3-7. This event will provide school supplies and hands-on art and science projects to school-aged children in the Rio Grande Valley in the form of a free activity kit. >“The museum serves our community youth as a place of exploration and creativity, which has translated into online programming, live videos and workshops over the…

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Doctor Provides 20,000 Meals to Food Bank

Dr. Murthy Badiga and Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley CEO Stuart Haniff

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley recently received a generous donation from DHR gastroenterologist Dr. Murthy Badiga to support the food bank’s on-going ‘Resource Readiness and Response’ Campaign. Badiga’s personal donation of $4,000 will provide up to 20,000 meals for those in need in the Rio Grande Valley. “The Food Bank RGV is a great organization doing an awesome job of helping those in need with life sustaining…

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Project COVID Care Helps Elderly & Disabled

Johnny Llanes and Drea Labanzat make a delivery to a resident in need. (Courtesy)

Violet Metz became concerned in March as grocery store lines grew and local governments issued shelter-in-place orders. “At my age, security is such a huge concern,” said Metz, 81, a McAllen resident. “If I really need something, will I be able to get it?” It was an extraordinary period of time in March going into April as the COVID-19 pandemic set in. The general panic being felt in the community-at-large…

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McAllen Public Library Offers Grab & Go Summer Meals

McAllen Public Library invites the public to pick up a Grab & Go meal bundle as part of the Summer Feeding Program. The imitative aims to provide meals to those ages 18 and under in the most underserved McAllen communities. Starting June 15, families can pick up at the entrance of the McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd Street. The meal bundles include breakfast and lunch as well as a…

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Port of Brownsville Awards High School Graduates Scholarships

Port of Brownsville scholarships

Thirty-two local high school graduating seniors will receive $1,000 scholarships from the Brownsville Navigation District. The inaugural Port of Brownsville program helps deserving students pursue their education and career dreams. “On behalf of the entire Port of Brownsville organization, we are proud to support these local students and families at this time,” said John Reed, chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. “We are excited for the students as they continue…

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Pharr EDC Launches Grant Program for Businesses

Pharr EDC

The Pharr Economic Development Corporation is helping businesses recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Earlier this month, the members of the Pharr EDC board of directors approved the Pharr CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Support). Similar to the federal financial relief program, Pharr CARES provides financial relief in the form of working capital. The forgivable grants between $2,500 and $5,000 are for businesses who have been negatively impacted by the…

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