Mission Foods, Mexican Consulate Partner with San Antonio Food Bank to Feed Hungry Families

Mission Foods San Antonio Food Bank

Mission Foods today donated nearly 38,000 servings of food products to the San Antonio Food Bank — the largest hunger-relief organization in Southwest Texas — in partnership with the Mexican Consulate of San Antonio to help relieve hunger for families in the region.

“I am thankful to Mission Foods for their kind donation of tortillas, chips and wraps to San Antonians in need,” said Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. “Before the pandemic, we were reaching about 60,000 people a week with food benefits. We’re now reaching about 120,000 people a week. Because of incredible partners like Mission, we’ve been able to save enough food from manufacturers, restaurants and farmers to keep the supply flowing to hungry families in Southwest Texas.”

The donation, which included 4,800 packages of corn and flour tortillas and 750 packages of Garden Spinach Herb wraps, is the latest of numerous efforts by Mission Foods employees across the country to help feed communities amidst the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mission Foods Donation

“We’re definitely motivated to help the community,” said Juan de la Rosa, regional vice president of Mission Food’s central region. “We’ve had tough times before like Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas. But this is global – everybody’s in the same boat. Our company is so proud to be able to help.”

De la Rosa, who was born and raised in San Antonio and has worked for Mission Foods for 25 years, helped coordinate yesterday’s donation.

He added that he was motivated by how Mission Foods organized several other food donations that were quickly dispatched to families in need.

“Every time we reach out, more and more people come forward who need help,” he said. “We’ve got to get people taken care of, and that’s what we’re doing.”

The Mexican Consulate of San Antonio helped arrange this donation as well as a previous one in April, which saw Catholic Charities of San Antonio receive six palettes of Atomix chips (a full truckload). The Mexican Consulate is helping to orchestrate similar donations between Mission Foods and other Mexico-based companies and communities across the U.S.

“We are proud to work with Mission Foods to help our neighbors and communities in San Antonio,” said Rubén Minutti Zanatta, consul general of the Mexican Consulate of San Antonio. “Mexico and the U.S. are not only neighbors but good partners who share trade and culture. It’s important for us to collaborate with Mexican companies operating in the U.S. to ensure those with the ability to help are reaching people in need.”

While helping with the Catholic Charities donation, De la Rosa said he met with Eric Cooper and was inspired to help Mission donate 240 cases of product to the food bank. De la Rosa said the food bank simply stopped by Mission’s San Antonio food plant and picked up the truckload. He added that Mission’s corn and flour tortillas are ideal staples for his fellow South Texans in need.

“People in South Texas eat tortillas with almost every meal,” he said. “Take a tortilla, put some butter on it, or some fruit, and you’ve got a great snack for kids. We try to give half-and-half corn and flour tortillas because different recipes call for different things.

“Helping at this moment in time can be overwhelming because the need is so great, but every little bit helps,” de la Rosa said. “For Mission Foods, it’s humbling to help. It’s an honor. We have to do what we can.”

To donate or volunteer to the San Antonio Food Bank, please visit https://safoodbank.org/ways-to-help/.

To donate to Catholic Charities, please visit https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/ways-to-give/.

‘Feeding Those Who Feed Us’: Mission Foods Donates Over 47K Servings Of Tortillas, Chips To Hungry California Farmworkers

Mission Foods Feeds Farmers

The stress COVID-19 has put on our food supply chains in the U.S. is underscoring the importance of one group of essential workers who are often overlooked: farmworkers.

In Ventura County, California, alone, near the site of one of Mission Foods’ production facilities, farming and farm-dependent businesses provide an estimated 43,000 jobs, generating $2.2 billion in revenue and $76 million in indirect business taxes annually, according to Feeding the Frontline, a local group partnering with Mission Foods to distribute food donations to farmworkers throughout the pandemic.

On June 13, Mission Foods donated 203 cases of our Mission flour tortillas — 47,440 servings — and 1,440 bags of our Mission Atomix Chips so that 4,000 farmworkers at seven locations across California could have a hot meal and groceries.

Mission Foods Donates to Farmers

“Farmworkers are so valuable to our economies and our way of life, and people are realizing that now more than ever,” said Nancy Muñoz-Morales, trade marketing manager at Mission Foods. “We’re proud at Mission Foods to partner with wonderful community groups and companies to ensure that the needs of those who work so hard to keep us fed are not overlooked.”

The multi-location event was Mission Foods’ 15th donation in partnership with Feeding the Frontline, an effort started by Juan Sanjuan, owner and chef of local favorite Gloria’s Restaurant & Bar.

When Gloria’s and other restaurants were forced to close at the outset of the pandemic, Sanjuan teamed up with several companies and other restaurant owners, including celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez, to ensure as much of their food supply as possible went to essential workers like farmworkers, restaurant employees and healthcare workers.

Mission Foods Donates Food

“I thank Mission Foods for being with us from day one,” Sanjuan said. “We’ve done 15 events, and Mission has participated in all of them. The need is greater than ever. Without our farmworkers, our campesinos, we couldn’t operate our restaurants. We wouldn’t even have food to put on our tables.”

Sanjuan’s initiative evolved as other businesses and community members got involved, including Clínicas del Camino RealRuby’s Tequila Bar and Fresh Mexican Restaurant; the Port of HuenemeDel Monte; and the Local Love Project, a Ventura County-based disaster-relief organization. In addition to Mission Foods, Lujan Trucking, Reiter Affiliated Companies and So. Cal Gas also donated to Saturday’s event.

“Other people are seeing it and realizing it’s something good to do,” said Roberto Juárez, CEO of Clínicas del Camino Real. “Farmworkers are essential, and we have to protect them. We have to respect them and provide something to them.”

In addition to providing mobile clinics with general health check-ups, Juárez has hired mariachis at several of the food drives he helped organize with Sanjuan to celebrate farmworkers.

“A lot of people thought it was a party, but what they don’t understand about our people is they come from small towns, and all you do Sunday is go to church, go to the plaza and listen to a little music,” Sanjuan said. “Get a bunch of folks together who love to cook and sing mariachi? Helping people doesn’t get any better than this.”

Our Mission flour tortillas and Atomix chips were distributed to farmworkers in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Benito, Tulare and Fresno counties in California.

To donate or volunteer with Feeding the Frontline learn more on their Facebook page.