Ruiz Foods announced this week that it has donated more than 84,000 servings of food to area non-profit and charitable organizations.
In a press release, the company announced that it has donated a food, including hams and turkeys, to four non-profits in Sherman, Denison and Durant aimed at providing food and shelter for those in need.
"As a community, we are continuing to help one another in any way that we can during these uncertain times," Ruiz Foods Denison Director of Operations Mitch Martin said. "We are beginning to see cities reopen but that doesn’t mean everything is back to what we are used to.
"It will take time, and how we can get there is by continuing to help friends, neighbors and the organizations who are working effortlessly around the clock to ensure that those impacted have the necessities to get by."
The most recent donations included 14,900 servings of the food producer’s El Monterey brand burritos to Grand Central Station in Sherman. An additional 69,000 servings of the Tornados, a taquito-like product made by Ruiz, were donated to Hands of Hope food bank in Durant, Oklahoma. The donation took up 17 pallets of space, company representatives said.
"We shared some of the product to homeless shelters in Ada and the Boys and Girls Club in Durant ... as well as other smaller feeding programs," Hands of Hope Director Sue Stanfield said in a news release.
Turkeys and hands were donated to the Grayson County Shelter and Meals on Wheels of Texoma.
Meals on Wheels Director of Operations Linda Jay said she received 30 hams in the most recent donation. Jay estimated that these hams could help feed about 700 people, based on how Meals on Wheels uses them and mixed them with other foods.
"That’s an item we use a lot here at Meals on Wheels, and we appreciate it," she said. "We are thankful we’ve received them from Ruiz."
The donation comes at a time when the organization is seeing increased demand. Each day, Jay said she receives about five calls for additional service across the three-county service area.
Jay said Meals on Wheels hasn’t received a high number of donations going into the summer months, but it is still able to keep up with demand. However, this donation will go a long way toward feeding the hungry across Texoma, she said.
Michael Hutchins is the local government reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.