Your Community Grocer: September
The beautiful thing about a rainbow is that it’s a visible, momentary glimpse into the extraordinary version of everyday ordinary light. Think: the light that we walk in every day—as we drive to work, drop kids off at school, wash dishes by the window—is composed of rainbows. We don’t see these colors—except in circumstances where the light is dispersed into a visible arc (such as after a storm)—but they surround us all the same.
 

 
In the same way, we’re surrounded by people that are as ordinary as the next person, and yet, in a shift of circumstances they burst with such bright acts of beautiful good. September started with a storm, but out of the devastation, we’ve encountered and witnessed such normal, big-hearted people seeking to meet community needs. These are their stories.
 

National Guard

National Guard

This past month, we had the opportunity to feed the National Guard stationed in our corporate hometown for hurricane relief. Their presence was particularly memorable with the annual rememberance of 9/11. As always, we're grateful for the time to remember and reflect on the inspiring courage they—and others—embody in service to our communities.
 

Purnell Sausage Donation

Purnell's "Old Folks" Sausage

We'd also like to give a huge shoutout to one of our valued vendor partners—Purnell's "Old Folks" Sausage. To help with hurricane relief efforts this past month, Purnell donated pounds of sausage by the THOUSANDS. These donations were distributed to shelters, churches, and emergency responders. From vendor to volunteer, this kind of selfless generosity we’ve seen post-Harvey has been continually inspiring.
 
Read more: It's because of vendor partners like Purnell's that we've been able to give back to communities more than one million dollars since 2007. Twice a year, these vendors participate in charitable golf tournaments to help us raise money for community support. Get the full recap of this year's fall tournament here.
 

Mrs. Patsy Smith 

After Hurricane Harvey, Mrs. Patsy Smith (a shopper) baked THREE cakes to show our Carthage team her appreciation for treating her and all of her friends with sincere customer service, from handshakes at the door to smiling conversation at the register. Her kind gift to us embodies what we love best—caring for our customers and communities!
 

Team Texas Forever

Team Texas Forever. That’s what these shirts say, but really they say a lot more to us than that. Kountze shopper Niesy B. designed and printed 62 of these shirts to show our Kountze team her appreciation for their service during Harvey and long before. According to Niesy, “Brookshire Brothers is more than just a store that sells food… it’s the heartbeat of our town.” Her memories include how store director Thomas Cryer would post pictures of kids from Little League or Homecoming parades on the store walls for parents to see, and how the whole intersection was decorated with balloons and signs from when the local cheerleading team made national news. When the past three major hurricanes roared through town, Niesy recalls how “the die-hard crew always showed up to sell groceries in the dark and make sure people got their prescriptions (thanks Lester!).” She loves how the deli knows just how her son likes his chicken legs, and how the team always took care of the Little League BBQ when she was on the LL board. It’s stories like Niesy's that continually inspire us and our love for our communities. 
 
Read more: Our Kountze store director Thomas Cryer made sure his community had access to everything they needed during the storm, to the point of being boated in and out of his neighborhood so that he could get to the store. Find the full story on Hurricane Harvey and our response here.
 

Southern Hushpuppy Championships

Community building begins with meeting needs, but that doesn't mean it excludes fun! September always brings the Texas State Forest Festival to our corporate hometown Lufkin, of which the Southern Hushpuppy Championships is always a headliner. A number of Brookshire Brothers employees volunteered at the festival, including our catering coordinator Kate Rudasill who served as a judge in the Hushpuppy competition—for the second year in a row! We love seeing our team members getting involved in events like this that bring families and fun together to build lasting relationships.
 
Read more: Our final Price is Right event—the Money Bags Live game—was held at the festival this year, where over $20,000 was awarded to Brookshire Brothers customers. Catch the full recap here!
 

Johnsonville Big Taste Grill

20 feet tall, 65 feet long, and 6 feet in diameter. Meet the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill, a mobile grill that can cook 2,500 brats an hour on its 40 sqaure feet of grilling surface. This past month, the "World's Largest Grill" has been traveling to locations that were hit hard by Harvey, including our Liberty and Silsbee locations. With brats donated by Johnsonville and buns from our stores, nearly 1,000 hot meals were served to anyone in need.
 
Read more: Did you know nearly 1 in 4 children in Texas are food insecure? See how you can help with our Great American Milk Drive
 

Ellen Trout Zoo

As a continual source of family fun and community involvement, this small-town zoo is dear to our hearts here in Lufkin, our corporate hometown. Located across the street from our headquarters, we're often involved in supporting this zoo, whether we're helping clean up the facility during our annual spring workday or we're dropping off extra newspapers for the bottom of animal cages. As we've said before, we're wild about the zoo and all that they do for our hometown!
 

Community Building On Its Own

While our mission focus is to serve our communities, we particularly love to see community building happen in our stores on its own. Whether it's a bake sale for a local cheerleading team (pictured left) or a shopper loading up his cart with groceries for neigbors in need (pictured right), we will always stand behind community growth. So, bring on the car washes, the BBQs, the long-time-no-see selfies with a friend—we welcome it all.
 

To make a donation request, read more on our community culture and what we support.

 
 
 
 
Golfing to Give Back: Fall 2017 Tournament
LUFKIN, TEXAS — More than 250 golfers took to the greens Monday to raise money for the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation, which distributes grants to regional non-profits each January. Twice a year, Brookshire Brothers invites its vendors to the tourney at Lufkin’s Crown Colony Country Club.
 
 
The evening portion of yesterday’s tournament was cut short by rain, however it didn’t keep vendors from rallying around a great cause! Representatives from some of the recipient organizations like The Mosaic Center, Harold’s House, and the Lufkin State Supported Living Center help worked the tourney. It’s their way to thank these vendor donors from all across the country. They also served as official witnesses on Hole 17, where if a golfer hits a hole-in-one, they take home a 2017 Toyota Tundra courtesy of Loving Auto Group.
 
 
Since 2007, Brookshire Brothers has given back more than one million dollars through the funds raised at its golf tournaments. Vendors appreciate the opportunity to network with their colleagues while raising money for so many worthy causes in the areas of education, hunger, health and the arts.
 
 
The 2017 recipients are:
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADAC)
  • American Cancer Society
  • Angelina Arts Alliance
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas
  • CRRC of Canyon Lake
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates-CASA in the Pines
  • East Texas Alliance for Children (Harold’s House)
  • Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo
  • Gateway Community Partners
  • The Joseph House, Inc
  • Junior Achievement of Angelina County, Inc
  • Junior League of Lufkin
  • Lufkin State Supported Living Center – Volunteer Services Council
  • The Mosaic Center, Inc
  • Texas Forestry Museum
  • Women’s Shelter of East Texas
Special Donation:  9/2017: American Red Cross - $20,000 toward Hurricane Harvey relief (matched by $30,000 from local foundations)
 

Education Foundations:

  • Friends of Hamilton ISD
  • Hemphill ISD Education Foundation
  • Lufkin ISD Education Foundation
  • McGregor ISD Education Foundation
  • Wells ISD Education Foundation

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.

 

 

Your Community Grocer: August
In this fast-paced world, it's very easy to get caught up in the mechanics of just existing. Days becomes reduced to an eat-sleep-work-repeat routine, which is why those moments when we rise above the whirlwind to take a breath and stretch out a hand to someone else—in love, over a meal, in friendship, whatever it may be—those are the times we discover something profound: life
 
With the last minute summer vacations and hustle of school starting, August is often particularly busy. That's why we wanted to take a minute to reflect on the little moments of life we encountered this month. As always, we are incredibly grateful for those that cherish their communities, and we hope to see those hands continue stretching out—hand to hand to hand.
 

Junior League of Lufkin's Back to School Bonanza

Shoutout to the Junior League of Lufkin for letting us help with their incredible Back to School Bonanza on August 12. Thousands of local students entering kindergarten through 12th grade were able to pick up a free backpack filled with school supplies—PLUS a free hair cut, dental checkup, school uniform, and new pair of shoes! Thank you, Junior League, for your devotion to kids and community needs.
 

Winnie Berry Humane Society of Angelina County

This month, we were privileged to recognize the Winnie Berry Humane Society of Angelina County. This non-profit no-kill shelter works hard towards educating the public, providing services to improve animal welfare, supporting homeless animals with adoption, and preventing pet overpopulation. Thank you Winnie Berry Humane Society for all that you do to help our furry friends.
 

#Thundering13 

It's been a particularly exciting month here in Lufkin (our corporate headquarters) where the Lufkin All-Stars, a local Little League team, advanced all the way to the World Series championship game. Brookshire Brothers was one of many hometown businesses who came out in full to support the #Thundering13. We provided a fried chicken lunch to celebrate their Southwest Regional championship win, supplied goody bags and gift cards for the road to Williamsport, helped facilitate a parade to celebrate their send off and their welcome home, and distributed the popular orange rally towels as seen on ESPN (of which all proceeds went to supporting the team). We're so proud of these boys and the hard work they put in! Way to represent the USA!!
 

National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Texas

With a mission to conserve or enhance more than 40,000 acres of wildlife habitat, the National Wild Turkey Federation Texas is an organization that we were thrilled to support this month. Thank you NWTF Texas for all that you do to restore wild turkey habitat!
 

West Grayson Retired School Personnel Association (WGRSPA)

Store Manager Rita Byal, center, received a certificate of appreciation from the West Grayson Retired School Personnel Association (WGRSPA) president Mary Nan Story and member Curtis Anne Kinsfather this week. According to WGRSPA, our Whitesboro store was instrumental in the group's successful fall pumpkin sale, which seeks to raise funds for scholarships and book projects in Whitesboro, S&S, Collinsville, and Tioga schools. Thank you WGRSPA for your mission to support education in your community! It’s a privilege to do good with you!!
 

Firefighters in Smithville, TX

We're so incredibly grateful for the heroes that serve. Their courage not only saves houses, but also hearts, memories, and dreams. For that, we're thankful for the opportunity to partner with The Rack Clothing Company in feeding the Smithville firefighters some of our famous fried chicken this month. Thank you for your dedication to protect and serve!
 

To make a donation request, read more on our community culture and what we support.