Eating places and organizations are becoming a member of forces on meals donations in Houston – Up to date

Southern Smoke Foundation logoJames Beard Award Winning Chef Chris Shepherd started Southern smoke in 2015 in support of his friend and former sommelier Antonio Gianola, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In 2017, Southern Smoke shifted its focus to helping people in the food and beverage industry affected by Hurricane Harvey. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, the Southern Smoke Emergency Fund was able to help again immediately. To date, Southern Smoke has distributed more than $ 607,000 to 312 people in the food and beverage industry affected by the COVID-19 crisis – and still has thousands of requests to process. To meet this huge need, the Southern Smoke Foundation has hired more than 30 people, all of whom have been suspended or laid off by the food and beverage industry to process applications and provide funding as soon as possible.

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The COVID-19 situation is an unprecedented time of unreasonable distress for restaurants, medical professionals, and charities in Houston. In response, the Houstonians have come together to meet the needs and lessen the brunt of the impact. New organizations have sprung up, and while this is not the best time, restaurant owners are donating food and workers and recruiting volunteers to feed professionals in the medical and hospitality industries.

Here are some examples of efforts to feed those in need.

Feeding hotel professionals

For more information, see the “Groceries and Essential Consumables” section of our Help Center for Houston Hotel Employees Affected by the Coronavirus Crisis.

Feed medical professionals

Bravery Chef Hall, 409 Travis: Owner Shepard Ross says the various food stalls not only contributed meals through the NextSeed Life Fund (described below), but also independently Hospital Help @Bravery. Hospital staff meals can be purchased in increments of 25 or 50 USD each. “This allows us to deliver daily health care workers across Houston to MD Anderson, Methodist, St. Luke’s, Memorial Hermann locations, the Legacy Health Clinic and more,” said Ross.

Bread man baking coBread Man Baking Co.’s Greek village bread. Photo courtesy of Bread Man Baking Co.

Pop-ups from Bread Man Baking Co .: Tasos Kataounis The popular bakery hosts pop-ups in various locations from 10 a.m. until the sale. While breads are $ 5 and pastries are $ 3, frontline and hospitality workers affected by Covid-19 can get theirs for free. The current popup schedule is listed on Facebook.

#CommunityFirst Local Impact Meals – Houston: The concept is simple: health organizations sign up for the delivery of meals, and restaurants offer meals at reduced prices for this effort. These discounted meals are paid for by donations and thus made available to the medical community free of charge. Food providers have recorded Phat Eatery in Katy as well Safina and The Naturalist CaféBoth are located in the Intercontinental Houston Medical Center Hotel. Added on 04/14/20, 10:27 am

Feed the front:: Sarah Watson, a special education teacher Yes Prepare Southeastwas influenced by similar volunteer groups in Louisiana to raise money through donations for the purchase of meals at restaurants such as Rudyards, Sixty Vines, The Breakfast Club and Kenny & Ziggy’s. These are then sent to hospitals such as Houston Methodist, Hermann Memorial by doing Texas Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital, LBJ hospital and Baytown Health Center. According to the website, over 14,000 meals have been donated to health care workers across the state, including Houston. Donations to purchase additional meals can be made online.

Provide benefits in kind for healthcare workers in the Houston area: This website allows donors to select a hospital and time slot to serve staff meals in restaurants in the Houston area. Scroll down to select a hospital and look for time slots during which meals have been requested. Be sure to read all instructions (e.g. how many vegetarian meals are needed). Dak & Bop and Uptown Sushi are just a few of the restaurants selected for meals. (There are several unoccupied dining spots for CHI St. Luke’s in Pasadena at this time.)

Payd Forward of the Hopdoddy Burger Bar: This program is available at all locations via the online and curb service. Anyone can buy a burger that will be made available to a healthcare worker.

Houston Methodist Fundraiser: Dr. Patrick Reardon of this hospital started a Facebook fundraiser to feed frontline health workers treating coronavirus patients. The fundraising page says the effort so far has helped feed “over 140 doctors, nurses, technicians, clerks and police officers who work in the areas of diagnosis and care for high-risk coronavirus patients.” Roegel’s Barbecue Co. is part of the effort and is raising funds. Reardon said those who wish to help can also purchase a gift card at the restaurant and designate the Houston Methodist as the recipient. Call Roegel’s Barbecue at (713) 977-8725 for more information.

NextSeed’s Give to Restaurants + Feed Medical Staff = Getting through together.

Next Seed’s Local Impact Food & Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Fund: NextSeed is best known as a crowdfunding company that helped fund Houston restaurants such as BB Italia and Poitín. However, there is a new focus during this crisis. The company founded the Local Impact Food & Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Fundwho buys meals at local restaurants which are then used to feed local health professionals and volunteers. Co-founder Abe Chu says the meals are purchased in many different restaurants, not just those that NextSeed has sponsored. Any medical or medical facility wishing to receive meals can fill out an application form to participate in the rotation.

Saturday Memorial Hermann ScrubGrub Delivery from The Branch.

ScrubGrub Greater Houston & Galveston: Inspired by similar efforts in Louisiana, ScrubGrub Greater Houston & Galveston connects restaurants and hospital staff. Donors sponsor meal times and share the cost with the restaurant community. Local restaurants like The industry and the Abundant Harvest Food Truck Dak & Bop on 18th Street offers meals from Houston to The Woodlands and has a special ScrubGrub menu that can be ordered via email.


Tacos A Go Go: Customers can purchase tacos for a hero for as little as $ 5 through an online, phone, or in-person order. Tacos A Go Go goes with any taco purchased and delivers meals to local nurses, doctors and first aiders in hospitals and testing centers.

Feed someone in need

10K Baguette Challenge from Common Bond: The owners of Common Bond Bakery sell “Community Baguettes”. For each purchased, Common Bond delivers an extra to the Houston Food Bank. Tracey Fox King & Walters Law firm, Forney construction and Dee Dee Guggenheim Howes of Compass real estate helped start this initiative. (This is also a good time to realize that the Houston Food Bank’s food demand spikes immensely every time a crisis hits. The site is in dire need of cash donations, which are accepted online.)

classic lasagna in the Lasagne HouseThe classic beef lasagna in the Lasagne House. Courtesy photo.

Lasagna house 1960: Owner Matt Vernon This north Houston restaurant has delivered meals to fire departments, nurses, first responders, and students in Houston, Ponderosa, and Spring. Last week the restaurant delivered meals to the staff at Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co.. who were very busy producing much needed hand sanitizer.

Feeding the elderly and the unemployed

Councilor Plummer’s pop-up kitchen.

The pop-up kitchen in the Seaside Lounge, 702 West Dallas: This pop-up kitchen is donated and run entirely by volunteers. It is said to serve 100 free meals a day to unemployed Houston residents and seniors over 65 years of age. The initiative is led by Letitia Plummer (who occupies position 4 on the Houston City Council), Mario Azodynia, CEO of Capstone Houston Group, Laurie Robinson, Founder and CEO of Disaster & Humanitarian Services, Inc., and Wendell Price of the Seaside Lounge venue.

The participating chefs donate their time to prepare the meals and have welcomed such personalities as Ana Beaven of spoon;; Chris Williams of Lucille’s, Alphise Washington of Davis Street in Hermann Park and Rafi Nasr of Craft pita. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., those showing proof of unemployment (such as a letter from the Texas Workforce Commission) or ID showing they are over 65 can go to the Seaside Lounge for a meal to obtain. First served basis. Social distancing and hygiene practices must be in place for every step of the process. The program is expected to continue until Sunday April 19th. However, it can continue a few days later, depending on needs and whether sufficient donations are secured. These donations can be made online.

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