Here’s How You Can Easily Send a Meal to a Struggling Houston-Area Family
It’s been an economically, physically and emotionally challenging year for many, but thanks to a statewide initiative, some hard-hit Texas families will at least be able to enjoy some holiday cheer — and nourishment. At the same time, participating local restaurants will earn desperately needed support. The program is called Comfort Food Care Packages, and it’s spearheaded by Governor Greg Abbott’s Public Safety Office, BCFS Health & Human Services’ Family and Youth Success Programs (formerly called Services to At-Risk Youth), Favor Delivery, and the Texas Restaurant Association.
Here’s how it works: donors can order a meal from a participating restaurant by finding it and clicking the link on the Comfort Food Care Package webpage. Some meals serve from four to six people while other restaurants are offering individual meals. The Favor service will deliver it to the recipients’ door.
“This innovative new program is a win for communities and restaurants across Texas,” said Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association in an announcement. “By harnessing the generosity of Texans, customers can now support their communities and their favorite restaurants at the same time. I’m proud we could partner with Governor Abbott and Favor to launch this program so quickly. While we can’t predict when the impact of this crisis will end, we can find comfort in knowing that we have a new way to ensure everyone receives a meal and by doing that, we will help to keep local restaurants running.”
While the list of participating restaurants in the Houston area may still grow (interested owners can fill out this online form), so far there are four independent establishments as well as Thai Cottage, which has nine spots. In addition, the Jason’s Deli chain is participating and it has over a dozen locations in the Greater Houston area.
“In our current climate with little to no school lunches, virtual learning and with so many families out of work, we want to play our part in helping feed our community,” said Harold’s Restaurant owner Alli Jarrett. “We are appreciative to be a vehicle for our guests to help us through Comfort Food Care Packages in connection with the Texas Restaurant Association and the Governor’s office. This program not only allows us to feed needy families, but it also it helps us maintain jobs for our staff members.”
Here are each of the participants, the meal that each restaurant offers and the costs:
Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, 350 West 19th, Houston: Six boneless glazed chicken breasts, macaroni & cheese made with Texas cheddar, mixed veggies, homemade biscuits and an assorted dessert tray for $68.95. Link to Order/Donate Meal
King’s Blu Jam Cafe, Spring: Triple Jam Family Pack for four with a dozen scrambled eggs, eight pancakes with syrup, eight slices of bacon and four biscuits with jelly for $50. Link to Order/Donate Meal
Mosquito Cafe, 628 14th, Galveston: Cheeseburgers for four with kettle chips, a loaf of homemade honey wheat bread, four apples, four bananas, one pound of grapes, a gallon of whole milk, 15 eggs, half-pound of shaved roasted turkey and a half-pound of sliced ham. The package also includes household items: a gallon of bleach, two rolls of paper towels, two rolls of toilet paper and a box of nitrile gloves for $85. Link to Order/Donate Meal and Supplies
What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving……giving.
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Tacoland Mex-Mex, 22224 Northwest Freeway, Cypress: Fajita package includes a pound of mixed grilled beef and chicken fajitas, grilled onions and peppers, a side each of Spanish rice and refried beans, chips and salsa and tortillas for $46.90. Link to Order/Donate Meal (meal is under “Family Combos”)
Thai Cottage, nine locations: This boxed lunch for one includes an entrée, steamed jasmine rice and two vegetable crispy rolls for $10. Link to Order/Donate Meal (Author’s note: at press time, it was not clear on the Thai Cottage website how to order the donated meal and we’re awaiting a response to our inquiry. For now, we recommend you call the Thai Cottage nearest you to inquire.)
Restaurants all across Texas are participating, so if you live in an area other than Houston, visit the Comfort Food Care Package webpage to see who’s providing meals near you.
Last Updated 12/2/20.
Phaedra Cook has written about Houston’s restaurant and bar scene since 2010. She was a regular contributor to My Table magazine (now closed) and was the lead restaurant critic for the Houston Press for two years, eventually being promoted to food editor. Cook founded Houston Food Finder in November 2016 and has been its editor and publisher ever since.