Many families are still feeling the impacts of the winter storm that came through the Houston area.
Utilities were interrupted and many homes found themselves without power or water for days.
Although power has been restored to most areas, water pipes were broken and there are still many people without access to power.
As a result, people are stepping up to help their fellow community members by setting up food and water distribution services throughout the Houston area.
Many of these sites are first-come, first-served, so be sure to get there as soon as you can.
Grocery stores and food banks are working hard to support families that are still experiencing need.
Grocery stores are ramping up their ordering for supplies to meet the needs of customers in the area, stocking cases of canned goods and flats of water to deal with increased demand.
The weather crisis has disrupted food supply chains, making it more difficult to get regular deliveries.
Community Outreach centers and Food Banks are working hard to distribute food and supplies to long line-ups of families who have no food.
They are opening as long as they have a stockpile of supplies each day, trying to keep up with the demand.
The Houston Foodbank says they are working in 'disaster mode'. They are in need of bottled water, canned goods, bread, and of course, volunteers to help them with the effort.
They are working to get supplies to community partners like Joseph House, warming centers, and shelters.
In a joint effort, The Houston Texans, the Houston Food Bank and Kroger formed a partnership to increase awareness and generate support for those in need.
A school program called "Huddle Against Hunger" is available as part of the curriculum and is available for download if schools are unable to meet in person. It's intended to be an inspirational way to educate school-aged children about hunger and the needs in our community.
"While hunger and hunger relief can be complex topics, the information is presented in understandable and relatable discussions and activities. The curriculum was created by Houston Food Bank’s nutrition education department with collaboration from the Houston Texans." Huddle Against Hunger
The Houston Foodbank holds an annual event called "Empty Bowls", where local arts and crafts people donate handmade bowls and containers for sale. All proceeds go to the food bank.
While Covid has prevented them from providing a live event, there are still many ways to get involved.
2020 Empty Bowls Update from their website:
Two Local Foods locations are participating in a limited manner. Find them at the Rice Village and Tanglewood stores.
Archway Gallery Auction
Archway Gallery is hosting an auction to raise money for Empty Bowls Houston until June 27, 2020.
Urban Harvest Farmers Market
Mini market events throughout the remainder of the year may include opportunities to participate in the program. We will post updates on Empty Bowls social media pages and the Empty Bowls website.
Here's a list of some distribution sites opening in the area.
- Houston Community College - North Forest Campus - food and water distribution - 10 a.m. - 6010 Little York Rd.
- Independence Heights - drive-thru food distribution - 12 p.m. - North Main and 36th Street
- Stafford Centre - food and water distribution - 12 p.m. - 10505 Cash Rd., Stafford
- Winter Storm Relief - water distribution - 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. - 2715 Emancipation Blvd.
- Willowridge High School - food and water distribution - 16301 Chimney Rock Rd.
- Community Check-in - food and water distribution - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - 4300 Noble St.
- Tony Becerra Park - fresh produce distribution - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - 2000 Avenue A, Rosenberg