Where to Seek Food & Water Help in Houston for Friday, 2/19

Volunteers and staff prepare meals at the Houston Food Bank.

This list is being updated throughout the day. 


City of Houston Water Distribution, Delmar Stadium, 2020 Mangum: Starting at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 19, the City of Houston is distributing water to the general public. This is to help those who have no water due to broken pipes and also to alleviate some of the hardship caused by the boil water notice, which Mayor Sylvester Turner says is likely to be in effect until Monday.

Crowdsource Rescue: This is a volunteer group that is taking requests to deliver water to the elderly and disabled. Requests or offers of assistance can be made online.

Newsradio 740 KTRH has a list of additional water distribution efforts across Houston.

Meals for the Public

Della Casa Pasta, 1599 Hicks: Contact this Tomball-based fresh pasta company to deliver a free dish to an elder or vulnerable person who needs a hot meal. Deliveries are today to the Tomball, Cypress, Spring and Northwest Houston areas. Send a message via Facebook or call (713) 498-5928 or (713) 258-5110.

Houston Food Bank Partners: While the Houston Food Bank isn’t directly distributing water or food, it works with food pantries and other non-profit organizations all across Houston. Visit the website to find one close to you.

Southern Yankee Beer Co.
Southern Yankee Beer Company in northwest Houston. Courtesy photo.

Southern Yankee Beer Company, 930 FM 1960: One consequence of the school closings this week caused by the freeze is that kids who depend on school meals aren’t getting them. To that end, this small brewpub in north Houston is preparing as many free meals as possible for kids. “We’re going to do our part Friday, 2/19, mobilizing our pizza kitchen, the Fries & Grind burger truck, and others to make food targeting children in need,” read a post on Facebook.

To get the free kids’ meals, visit the brewery. If you are unable to make it there and need delivery, send an email. Delivery is available in a 15-mile radius, but if you are farther out, the brewery will do its best to still get meals to you. Southern Yankee Beer Company is also accepting cash contributions to the effort via its website. If you want to help, select the Food for Kids item. The cost is set at $10, but if you want to contribute more, just add additional ones to your shopping cart. Any excess donations will be given to the non-profit organization Kids’ Meals Inc.

Meals for Hospitality Workers

el big bad
The patio at El Big Bad. Courtesy photo.

El Big Bad, 419 Travis: After nearly a year of decreased sales and intermittent closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the last thing Houston hospitality and restaurant workers needed was another week of forced unemployment. To ensure that these workers get at least one good, hot meal today, owner Steve Sharma is offering a free bowl of Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup today starting at 4 p.m.

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