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HOUSTON, Dec. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its overarching disaster relief initiative, "Fueling Good. Rebuilding Lives.," CITGO Petroleum Corporation is sponsoring mobile food pantries in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey on the Gulf Coast. Working with local food banks, CITGO will fund custom food pantry trailers to serve as mobile, mini grocery stores, improving access to healthy foods for residents still rebuilding after the storm. The first pantry will launch in early December.
"CITGO is working hard to make a difference in the lives of those affected by Hurricane Harvey," said CITGO Vice President Strategic Shareholder Relations and Government & Public Affairs Rafael Gomez. "As an engaged corporate citizen of the Gulf area, we're committed to long-term recovery efforts, not just cleanup in the immediate aftermath of a storm. These mobile food pantries will ensure that the people in the communities where we live and work have access to affordable, healthy food, regardless of their situation."
One of the trailers will launch in Houston, Texas, where it will make up to 10 stops per week in the Independence Heights, Northline and Acres Homes neighborhoods. CITGO will also expand its mobile food pantry support to other hurricane-affected areas. In Texas' Coastal Bend region, CITGO will partner with the Coastal Bend Food Bank to make deliveries five days a week to Aransas, Bee, Klebert, Nueces and San Patricio counties. Meanwhile, the company will support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana to make deliveries throughout Southwest Louisiana.
"Rebuilding homes and recovering possessions can take the spotlight in the aftermath of a natural disaster," added Gomez. "It's easy for personal wellness to take a backseat, but it's important to address disaster recovery holistically. In partnership with our local food banks, we're going to make sure nutritious food is accessible and affordable for residents of areas that have been hit hardest."
Mobile food pantries are part of "Fueling Good. Rebuilding Lives." So far, through this initiative, CITGO has committed $10.9 million to storm recovery over the next three years, working to rebuild homes and provide relief throughout Texas and the immediate Gulf area. Additionally, CITGO matches contributions that employees give to 501(c)3 organizations of their choosing up to a certain amount, giving its employee volunteer organization TeamCITGO the means to strengthen its own generosity as volunteers continue work to rebuild their communities.
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 sixth-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 5,200 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets in 30 states and the District of Columbia. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.