One in six Americans does not know where their next meal will come from and 48.8 million are food insecure. In southeast Texas alone, more than 900,000 people do not have consistent access to enough nutritious food. In order to do its part and help eradicate this problem in the area, PODS® of Beaumont, a moving and storage company, has teamed up with Lamar University, Market Basket grocery retailer and radio stations Q94, Magic 102.5 and NASH FM 101.7 to sponsor a Thanksgiving Food Drive benefiting Southeast Texas Food Bank this holiday season. The food drive will run from Nov. 4 – Nov. 23. A PODS® container will serve as the main collection point where community members are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items to “PACK THE PODS® CONTAINER”. The food drive begins at the radio station parking lot where the station will randomly offer special incentives, free prizes and discounts for listener donations. “We’re so thrilled that Market Basket and Lamar University are joining in to alleviate hunger in the Beaumont area,” said Donna Wade, territory manager of PODS® of Beaumont. “To have the public come together and donate a canned good is a great step in helping end hunger in the community. We are proud to provide our moving and storage logistics to help make sure the community is well-fed during the holiday season.” Beaumont residents and customers of Market Basket will have the convenience to drop off their donations at the store’s parking lot on Nov. 17. Lamar University football game spectators will also be able to make their contributions during two of their home football games. PODS® containers that will be taking donations are being held at these locations:
Monday, Nov. 4 – 23 - Radio Stations parking lot - 755 S. 11th Street, Beaumont
Saturday, Nov. 23 – Lamar University - 4400 S M L King Jr Pkwy, Beaumont.
Following the last home-game, the PODS® container will be transported to Southeast Texas Food Bank where with food will be sorted and distributed. About PODS® Beaumont PODS® Beaumont is one of the largest independently-owned franchises of PODS Enterprises in the country and is the leading provider of moving and storage services to residents and businesses throughout the greater Beaumont area. PODS Beaumont is locally owned and operated and began serving Houston-area residents in 2003. Founded in 1998, PODS currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 250 million consumers and businesses, in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the UK, through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 400,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 2.0 million deliveries and has over 145,000 PODS® containers in service. About Lamar University Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana. The university has been nationally recognized for the quality of its core curriculum and the diversity of its student body. Small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio allow students to build meaningful relationships with expert faculty who truly care about their success. LU stresses academic achievement by emphasizing hands-on learning at all levels, providing ample opportunities for undergraduate research and supporting an excellent Honors Program. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Several LU colleges and programs hold additional specialized certifications recognizing their quality and expertise. About Market Basket In 1961, Bruce Thompson opened the first Market Basket grocery store in Groves, Texas. Today, Market Basket remains a privately-owned grocer serving the East Texas and Louisiana region with 34 full-service supermarkets. Market Basket supermarket stores offer outstanding value on grocery foods including fresh produce, quality meats, delicious bakery goods and beautiful floral arrangements. We also provide pharmacy services in select grocery store locations. Currently, Market Basket employs more than 2,000 supermarket associates. To serve our valued customers well, Market Basket provides innovative supermarket solutions and a full assortment of grocery products to keep pace with your evolving needs.
Press release from PODS® of Beaumont