A Better Year Starts Here

What is a Brown Bag of Hope?

Together, we can equip a kid headed back to school next month. For just $10, you can purchase a Brown Bag of Hope containing school supplies or toiletries for those in need. Our stores then redistribute the bags to local schools, nonprofits, and others within your community.
 
 
A screenshot of a Facebook post from Smithville ISD thanking Brookshire Brothers for their Brown Bags of Hope donation. A Smithville ISD employee is pictured with two Brookshire Brothers employees and a table full of donated school supplies.
 

What does each Brown Bag of Hope contain?

The School Supply Bag contains:
2 - Top Flight Filler Paper (150 sheets)
2 - Top Flight 1 Subject Notebook (70 sheets)
1 - 3M Kids Scissors
1 - Elmer’s AP Glue Stick (2 ct)
1 - Dixon No. 2 Pencils (8 ct)
1 - Simply Done Facial Tissue (74 ct)
1 - BIC Classic Black Stick Pens (10 ct)
 
The Toiletry Bag contains:
1 - Top Care Toothbrush (Adult Medium)
1 - Aim Toothpaste (5.5 oz)
1 - Top Care Twin Plus Disposable Razors (5 ct)
1 - Sure Wide Solid Deodorant (1.7 oz)
1 - Rosa Venus White Bar Soap (3.53 oz)
1 - Top Care Dental Floss Mint (100 yd)
1 - Top Care Liquid Hand Soap (7.5 oz)
1 - Top Care Green Mint Mouthwash (250 ml)
1 - Simply Done Facial Tissue (74 ct)

A picture of a table with Brown Bags of Hope and a sign that says "Equip a kid this school year!"

The Spaghetti Bag contains:
2 Boxes - Food Club Macaroni & Cheese (7.25 oz)
2 Cans - Food Club French Green Beans (14.5 oz)
2 Cans - Food Club Canned Corn (15.25 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Parmesan Cheese (8 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Canned Carrots (14.5 oz)
1 Box - Food Club Boxed Spaghetti (16 oz)
2 Jars - Food Club Spaghetti Sauce (24 oz)
 
The Multi-Meal Bag contains:
2 Cans - Food Club Tuna (5 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Chicken (12.5 oz)
1 Box - Food Club Cheesy Tuna Partner (5.5 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Petite Tomatoes (14.25 oz)
1 Bag - Food Club Rice (16 oz)
1 Bag - Food Club Pinto Beans (16 oz)
1 Box - Food Club Saltines (16 oz)
1 Jar - Food Club Peanut Butter (16 oz)
 
The Basics Bag contains:
1 Can - Food Club Sweet Peas (15 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Corn (15.25 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Green Beans (14.5 oz)
2 Pkgs - Food Club Yellow Cornbread Mix (6 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Fruit Cocktail (15.25 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Chicken Noodle Soup (10.75 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Tomato Soup (10.75 oz)
1 Box - Food Club Saltines (16 oz)
1 Jar - Food Club Peanut Butter (16 oz)
 

Where can I find a Brown Bag of Hope?

These bags can be found and purchased in your local store. Having trouble finding them? Talk to your local Store Director! He or she can also tell you about which specific schools and nonprofits the store distributes to.
 

Back to School themed Brown Bags of Hope are pictured on a school-themed background with pencils and school supplies scattered over chalk board.

Charitable Foundation 2019 Recipients
Organizations that lay the foundation for stronger communities will have more resources to help them help others thanks to Brookshire Brothers. On Wednesday, January 30th the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation awarded $130,000 in grants to 26 nonprofit organizations and 5 education foundations across its market area. The grants give organizations the resources they need to continue living out their mission of serving those in need. Trustees and company executives presented funds to the recipients at the Brookshire Brothers’ Distribution Center in Lufkin, Texas.    
 
In making the presentations, Brookshire Brothers President, CEO and Charitable Foundation Board Member John Alston said, “You make things happen in your communities. You change lives. We are grateful to have the opportunity to help you live out your mission. We thank you for what you do everyday.”
 
Brookshire Brothers CEO (John Alston) and CFO (Clay Oliver) stand with recipients from Mission Reclaimed, who hold a giant check representing the BBCF grant.
 
During the last decade, the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation has given more than a million dollars to a variety of non-profits. For nearly twenty years, Brookshire Brothers has invited its vendors to play in two Charitable Foundation golf tournaments each year. Vendor partners appreciate the opportunity to network with their colleagues while raising money for nonprofits – all which support children and families and align with Brookshire Brothers’ core value of being a community grocer.  Each year, the funds are granted based on the organizations’ needs and application requests.
 
Sally Alvis (Director of Marketing) speaking to the 2019 BBCF recipients at the awarding ceremony in the warehouse.
 
The 2019 recipients are:
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADAC)
  • American Cancer Society
  • Angelina Alliance for Children (Harold’s House)
  • Angelina Arts Alliance
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas
  • Buckner Children and Family Services
  • Christian Information and Service Center, Inc.
  • Dublin Goodfellows
  • Food Share Bank of Newton County
  • Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo
  • Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County
  • Junior Achievement of East Texas
  • Junior League of Lufkin 
  • Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance
  • Legacy Institute for Financial Education
  • Lufkin Neighborhood Strong
  • Mission Reclaimed 
  • Texas Forestry Museum
  • The Joseph House, Inc.
  • The Mosaic Center, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army
  • Twin City Mission
  • Volunteer Services Council
  • Women’s Shelter of East Texas
  • Women’s Sober House
  • Zavalla Food Pantry
Education Foundations:
  • Angelina College Center for Non-Profit Leadership
  • Hemphill ISD Education Foundation
  • Lufkin ISD Education Foundation
  • McGregor ISD Education Foundation
  • Vidor ISD
 
In addition to these contributions, Brookshire Brothers has a separate employee-run Donations Committee which meets monthly to consider hundreds of donation requests from throughout the company’s footprint.
 
 
Foundation Furthers Work of a Dozen Non-Profits
Brookshire Brothers warmed the hearts of twelve non-profits Thursday, January 30th by recognizing the amazing work they do in the communities they serve.  The Lufkin-based company's Charitable Foundation distributed checks totaling $110,000 to organizations whose core mission aligns with Brookshire Brothers' A Celebration of Family and Community.
 
Company spokesperson Sally Alvis says, "It was fitting we distributed checks to these deserving organizations from our Distribution Center. It truly is the heart of this employee-owned company.  Our guests saw how the merchandise they see in the store gets from the warehouse, to the eighteen-wheelers and off to our 123 retail locations.  They also got to meet a cross section of our employee-owners, many of whom volunteer and serve beside them in the non-profit arena or are served by their organization. "
 
It is the vendors who sell their lines of groceries and goods to Brookshire Brothers that make these grants possible. They play in the Foundation's spring and fall golf tournaments. Their entry fees go directly to the Charitable Foundation.  An invite to the Brookshire Brothers tourneys is among the most sought after in the industry because the golfers know their participation fuels Brookshire Brothers passion for giving.
 
Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation Recipients:
 
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas
  • Volunteer Services Council - Lufkin State Supported Living Center
  • The Mosaic Center
  • Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo
  • Sarah's Hope
  • East Texas Alliance for Children - Harold's House
  • Junior Achievement of East Texas
  • American Cancer Society/Pineywoods Cattle Barons Gala
  • Friends of Blue Hole
  • Alzheimer's Association - Capital of Texas Chapter
  • Alzheimer's Association - Southeast Texas/Houston Chapter
  • Angelina Arts Alliance
 
Brookshire Brothers also has an employee-run Donations Committee that meets monthly to consider hundreds of funding requests.  Alvis explained, "That committee represents every single Brookshire Brothers employee. The money they earmark for donations comes directly from our employee-owners.  Committee members discern how  best to allocate our giving in every market we serve.  From education to wellness, community celebrations to fundraising efforts, we give back in extraordinary levels - financially and with our gifts of time, re   sources and volunteer service."