Pasadena, California-based East West Bank, which operates 13 locations in the Texas/Southwest region, presented a $10,000 contribution to the Houston Food Bank on April 12 to support local organizations that are aiding communities disproportionately impacted by the severe weather crisis that hit Texas in mid-February. As families grapple with both the health and economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, Houston families now bear the brunt of the severe storm that hit the area.
“I would like to extend a special thank you to our friends at East West Bank for their support, which will provide 30,000 meals to families in need after the winter storm that hit our region [in February],” says Paula McKenzie, director of major gifts for the Houston Food Bank. “While the storm may be over, the effects of this disaster on our neighbors will last for weeks and months to come.”
East West Bank has also contributed $10,000 to The Family Place in Dallas, $5,000 to the Salvation Army in North Texas and will be contributing an additional $5,000 to Target Hunger in Houston.
“Following a storm of unprecedented impact, our goal was to help organizations that are helping people get back on their feet, in the communities where we live and work,” says Mike Burr, senior managing director and head of the bank’s Texas market for East West Bank. “The storm was another hardship for people who were already dealing with the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Established in 1973, East West Bank operates 117 banking offices, including more than a dozen locations in Dallas and Houston.
Pictured above: Paula McKenzie, director of major gifts for the Houston Food Bank (center) gives a tour of the facility to Anne Le, assistant vice president/senior marketing specialist at East West Bank (left) and Mike Burr, East West Bank’s senior managing director and head of the Texas market (right).