CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – April 2, 2019 – As part of its disaster relief initiative “Fueling Good. Rebuilding Lives.,” CITGO Petroleum Corporation unveiled a mobile food pantry to serve Coastal residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The event took place on April 1 at the Coastal Bend Food Bank (CBFB).

“CITGO is committed to long-term recovery efforts to ensure those families who are still rebuilding their homes after the 2017 storm continue to receive the support they need,” said Trina C. Martinez, Vice President and General Manager CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery. “This food pantry means those families can focus on getting their lives back, without worrying if they’ll have food available.”

The refrigerated mobile food pantry will provide access to a wider variety of healthy food options,  including perishable foods as well as canned and non-perishable options. The truck will ensure the CBFB can properly serve those storm-affected families in Nueces, San Patricio and Aransas Counties, while also tending to the needs of the thousands of families in the eight additional counties served by the Coastal Bend Food Bank.

“We are so grateful to CITGO for its generous donation,” said Bea Hanson, executive director of the Coastal Bend Food Bank. “The new refrigerated truck will support our Mobile Pantry Program and will allow us to continue feeding families for as long as Coastal communities struggle to recover.”

The CBFB currently assists more than 12,000 individuals with weekly food service in eleven counties across South Texas. CITGO has donated a refrigerated food pantry truck to the Coastal Bend Food Bank to better serve the estimated 7,900 storm-victims who also rely on the CBFB for weekly food assistance.

“The food bank is a lifeline for families all around the Coastal Bend and this truck means those families will have access to a bigger variety of food,” said Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb. “In some outlying areas, it’s hard to get those families fresh cold milk or ice cream. This refrigerated truck will make all the difference and we thank CITGO for helping to make this community a better place.”

In addition to the partnership with the Coastal Bend Food Bank, CITGO is also sponsoring mobile refrigerated food pantries in Houston and Southwest Louisiana, which were also affected by storms. To date, through its “Fueling Good. Rebuilding Lives.” initiative, CITGO has committed $11.5 million dollars toward recovery efforts in the Coastal Bend and Houston, including $1.4 million contributed to Habitat for Humanity of Aransas County.


About CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery

The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery provides more than 1,000 jobs locally, while generating more than $357 million per year on average in support of the local economy through salaries, services and taxes. With a crude refining capacity of approximately 165,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) and a versatile product mix, which includes an average of 4.2 million gallons of gasoline, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery is one of the most sophisticated and efficient fuel and petrochemical refineries in the nation. In addition to producing high-quality fuels for a network of more than 290 independently owned and operated CITGO branded stations in the State of Texas and thousands more across the country, CITGO Corpus Christi refinery employees are dedicated to making a positive difference in their communities. CITGO Corpus Christi employees volunteer more than 2,500 hours on average annually to support causes and organizations including United Way, Charlie's Place, Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Miracle League, Catholic Charities, the Special Olympics, Hans and Pat Suter Park and Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up, among many others. For more information, visit



Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, La.; and Lemont, Ill., and wholly and/or jointly owns 48 terminals, nine pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,400 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 749,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the fifth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 5,000 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets in 30 states and the District of Columbia. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc. For more information, visit