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Hostess delivers snacks to San Antonio Food Bank

Twinkies, Zingers to be served to needy

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Food Bank unexepectedly benefitted from the death of the Twinkie Monday.

Hostess Brands, the makers of Twinkies and so many other baked goods, made a big donation to the food bank even as the company is in the process of going out of business.

"Behind me is a truck full of different Hostess products, from Zingers to Twinkies to Ho Hos to Ding Dongs," said an excited Eric Cooper, President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank.

The tasty treats were part of a 2 1/2 truck load donation from Hostess. Originally slated for delivery to local H-E-B stores, the company unloaded the extra inventory as they go through liquidation.

"They're making sure that those families that struggle are able to get their last taste of these great items," Cooper said.

While Twinkies and Ding Dongs aren't exactly the healthiest food choices, Cooper said the 58,000 people they serve on a weekly basis deserve a treat every now and then.

"The solution to hunger is the right food in the right amount at the right time, and there's many occasions where maybe a desert or snack cake is very appropriate," Cooper said, adding that the food bank teaches moderation in it's nutrition classes. "These 2 truckloads will be spread pretty thin, and that's the moderation that's appropriate for this kind of gift."

While the donation helps stock the desert aisle at the food bank, Cooper said they can always use more food and volunteers during the holidays.

"Let Hostess be an example to us all of really thinking about those that are struggling even greater than they are," Cooper said. "Everyone can make a difference, and we just encourage the community to respond."

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