Super 1 Foods were among Brookshire Grocery properties to assist more than 18,000 households in the 37th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive.

Families in need were helped within the nearly 150 communities served by BGC stores, according to a news release.

“Throughout the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive, which was conducted Oct. 31 through Dec. 20, all Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Spring Market and FRESH by Brookshire’s stores collected donations of non-perishable food items to be donated to local service organizations for distribution. In addition, the company sold approximately 55,000 pre-assembled grab bags of food items for donation and raised close to $60,000 in monetary donations, with the funds used to purchase additional food items for the drive,” according to the release.

Brookshire’s began the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive in 1982 in partnership with the Rose City Kiwanis Club of Tyler, Texas.

“We are proud to host the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive and to have assisted 18,000 households,” said Brad Brookshire, chairman and chief executive officer for Brookshire Grocery Co. “Hunger relief is a cause we work to support in our communities all year long, but it is especially meaningful to help individuals in need during the holiday season. We are very thankful for the generous support of our customers and local service organizations to make this possible.”

The food drive provides about a half-million pounds of food to people in need each year.