Named in memory of a man who left a great legacy of public service, the Bill Crook Award honors an individual who, by his own actions or as a representative of a business or organization, has contributed to the success of the Food Bank.

2015 Bill Crook Award

Master Gardeners’ Volunteers, Tuloso Midway NJROTC Volunteers, and the Valero Refinery Volunteers.

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2013 Bill Crook Award

Sandra Flores

Sandra FloresSandra Flores was born in Corpus Christi and raised in Portland. She graduated from Gregory Portland High School and attended Del Mar College for two years studying business. Sandra has three sons, Justin, 15, a sophomore at Gregory Portland High School, Gabriel, 13, an 8th grader at Gregory Portland Jr High, and Jeremy, the youngest who is 3 years old.

Sandra went to work when she was 16 years old. Her first employer was Feudo Foods in Portland. Sandra worked at this small grocery store until she was 21. In 2001, Sandra started her career with H-E-B Portland as a checker.  After several years, she was promoted to Bookkeeper. Sandra held this job until four years ago when she was promoted to Administrative Assistant. Sandra feels that she has truly found her passion in her role as an Admin.

Sandra feels fortunate to work for H-E-B because the company gives so much back to the community. These efforts pull on Sandra’s heartstrings. In her current role, Sandra gets to support and be a part of many organizations such as Relay for Life, March of Dimes, American Diabetes, Portland Library, Austin Elementary and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi.

Sandra also has a passion for running. With the encouragement of Phil Smith, she decided to put this passion to work in her community and create a local, healthy event that would provide for families in need of a meal. In 2001, H-E-B Portland and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi researched the project, worked hard, and created the first fundraising event called “Foot Fest.” This race was a success and $4,635 was raised. In 2012, the race was re-named “Miles for Meals” and $ 6,871 was raised which amounted to 109,936 pounds of food! This event continues to grow and change and has proven to be one of the biggest challenges Sandra has faced but also one of her biggest accomplishments!

The Food Bank of Corpus Christi applauds Sandra for all her efforts on behalf of those in need in the community. She does it the H-E-B way.


2011 Wal-Mart
2009 Eddie Garcia – HEB
2008 Joe Gazin
2007 Dr. Chuck Etheridge
2006 Grande Communications
2005 Scott Electric
2003 Jason Gough – Channel 6
2001 People’s Baptist Church
2000 Gulf Coast Council Boy Scouts of America
1999 KIII–TV – Channel 3
1998 Alma Meinrath


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