Lacks Gives Back 

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The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley recently received a transformative gift from Lacks Furniture on behalf of a foundation established by their owners, the Aaronson family. The monies will go towards the food bank’s on-going ‘Resource Readiness and Response’ campaign.

Even long before the pandemic, Lacks has been participating in and hosting several events where they are able to provide for those in need. These events are likely to occur during the seasonal months, and this year was no exception.

On October 28th, Lacks participated in a food distribution event which was the official launch of their extended partnership with the Food Bank RGV.

“Although Lacks has supported the food bank before, this first donation from the Aaronson Foundation has initiated a bigger commitment for the next 5 years to help in the fight against hunger in the communities that we serve,” said Kris Karr, Lacks Director of Communications.

In addition to the $40,000 monetary donation provided by the Aaronson foundation, 14 Lacks employees also volunteered on the frontlines, serving and assisting with the food donations.

“It tugged at me emotionally, how many people needed the gift of food. Approximately, 636 vehicles were served and donated food to last them a few days,” said one of Lacks’ volunteers, Kelli Salas.

“I feel lucky to be employed at a business that not only cares about their employees but others in our community,” she added.

Food Bank RGV’s CEO Stuart Haniff spoke highly of the event, recognizing the care that went into giving back.

“Sometimes people don’t realize how monumental volunteer support is —  just one volunteer hour saves the food bank enough money to provide 109 meals,” said Haniff.

“What I’m most proud of is that you have two Valley institutions: you have the food bank which has been here for 35 years and lacks Furniture which has been here for decades coming together as a family to help families in need.

Lee Aaronson, CEO and one of Lacks owners, stresses the duty and importance of giving back to the community.

“Lacks has always supported the food bank, but the Aaronson Foundation decided to partner with the food bank on this occasion after seeing how many people in the Valley were short of food and how much the food bank was doing,” said Aaronson.

“The volunteering process today was one of the most fun days I’ve had since COVID,” he added. “I got to contribute and help make things better, while safely surrounded by a lot of people.”

“The fact that they were here with their sweat equity helps [the food bank] save enough money to provide even more meals, so this is a true partnership in every sense of the word, fully encompassing. We couldn’t do the work we do without partners or supporters like the Lacks Furniture family,” added Haniff.

Leading events like this one, Karr is a witness to the impact giving back has on people, firsthand.

“I’m kind of front and center out there,” she said. “I’m just really excited and I’m just proud to be a part of this company that does so much for the community.”

To learn more about Lacks Furniture Stores’ efforts to give back, be sure to visit our website or follow us on social media.