HOUSTON – As millions of people wait for their stimulus payments, some need groceries that don’t cost.
On Wednesday, numerous cars wrapping around the block lined up at Barnett Stadium in southeast Houston to give a grocery giveaway. The Houston Independent School District provided food to thousands of families for a week.
“It’s been pretty difficult since the pandemic was just trying to keep the fridge stocked,” said Corey Brooks, who came out to get food for his family.
“The milk and meals will help a little for my family,” said another woman.
Many told KPRC 2 that they will try to stretch this food for the next several weeks. Many are still not working or getting enough income since the pandemic started.
“There’s a need for food, rent, for everything right now,” said Kathy.
Some said they look forward to the next stimulus package and hope the $ 600 will help them get through the first few months of 2021.
Others said it just won’t be enough.
“If they send us $ 600. It’s good enough for bills and all that, ”said Corey Brooks.
“It’s not enough, it’s not enough to pay your rent and bills and do the things you need to wash clothes that you basically know,” said Kathy.
Betty Wiggins of HISD Nutrition Services said they are seeing more and more families they have never seen before.
They feed thousands of families with every single giveaway and not just families from HISD.
“My department has been working six days a week since March 15 because we have Saturday locations and Saturday locations so people can get food,” said Betty Wiggins, a nutritional services officer at HISD.
Wiggins continued, “Although they say they have a vaccine that could cure the virus, how do we support our families?”
Wiggins said the district is getting federal funding to pay for groceries, but it’s not as much as they hope. You also do a lot with donations.
If you or an organization would like to donate, contact the Houston ISD Foundation.
Please visit: www.houstonisdfoundation.org
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