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In the News: The Heart of Houston

Houston is a welcoming and supportive community, so it is no surprise that Houstonians are coming together in an uncertain time to help their neighbors.

Scroll below to see a selection of the headlines from Houstonians who are doing good.

The Jung Center Offers Mental Health Services

The Jung Center is supporting the mental health of individuals in our community as well as frontline workers. Some of the free resources available online at junghouston.org/onlinelearning. The Jung Center has been working with employees at Harris County Public Health, City of Houston Public Health, and UT Health Science Center as they work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and control the spread of COVID-19.The 

Second Servings, Hess Corp and Sysco partner to support hospitality industry

Second Servings — the Houston food rescue operation that funnels unsold food from hotels, convention centers, sports venues and retailers to same-day delivery to more than 90 local shelters and soup kitchens — has partnered with Houston-based Sysco and Hess Corp. to prepare as many as 10,000 meals a week for distribution to the hospitality industry.

Houston Costume Designer Makes Masks For Emergency Room Staff    

Costume Designer Donna Southern Schmidt was thinking way ahead of most Houstonians when she decided to grab a bunch of leftover materials and take them into isolation with her as the stay at home order hit Houston.

Picos' Restaurant providing medical supplies

Richards’ secured a relationship with a supplier who had 30,000 KN95 masks, and is working to distribute to Houston’s Police force, Fire department, Sheriff Department, Ben Taub and LBJ Hospitals, HISD and the Food Bank.

Restaurant Workers Relief Program

Riel has partnered with chef Ed Lee's The LEE Initiative and Maker's Mark to launch the Restaurant Workers Relief Program. They'll be packing 250-300 free to-go dinners every day from 4-6 p.m. for hospitality employees who have been laid off or had a significant reduction in work.

Mental Health Match

Mental Health Match is a free Houston-based resource that matches people to the mental health professionals who best meet their needs. We are connecting people to free online support groups and are also offering to cover the costs of a first session of therapy for 100 Houstonians.

LASCO Enterprises aims to feed out-of-work Houstonians

Lasco Enterprises aims to feed 500 out-of-work Houstonians from the hospitality industry every Tuesday, from 5-7 pm, at The Tasting Room, Uptown Park. A GoFundMe campaign has been started, and along with matching contributions, the group can feed 250 people with healthy, homemade meals for every $1,000 raised.

Buy Tacos for a Hero"  at Tacos a Go Go

For $5, customers can "Buy Tacos for a Hero" as part of any online, phone or in-person order. Tacos A Go Go will match every taco purchased and deliver meals to local nurses, doctors and first responders at hospitals and testing centers.

LASCO Enterprises aims to feed out-of-work Houstonians

Lasco Enterprises aims to feed 500 out-of-work Houstonians from the hospitality industry every Tuesday, from 5-7 pm, at The Tasting Room, Uptown Park. A GoFundMe campaign has been started, and along with matching contributions, the group can feed 250 people with healthy, homemade meals for every $1,000 raised.

Buy Tacos for a Hero"  at Tacos a Go Go

For $5, customers can "Buy Tacos for a Hero" as part of any online, phone or in-person order. Tacos A Go Go will match every taco purchased and deliver meals to local nurses, doctors and first responders at hospitals and testing centers.

Landry’s Offers Employee Meals

Landry's will continue to offer free meals to employees and their immediate family members seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the former Willie G’s restaurant location at 1605 Post Oak Boulevard. As of today, Landry's has distributed over 18,000 meals to employees and their families.

H-E-B taps 3 Houston restaurants to create dishes

H-E-B has tapped three Houston restaurants to prepare meals-to-go for its Meal Simple program, in an effort to pump money into beloved Texas restaurants struggling to stay alive during the coronavirus pandemic which has devastated the state’s restaurant industry. Cherry Block Craft Butcher and Kitchen in Bravery Chef Hall joins Brennan’s and Shepherd’s Underbelly Hospitality as the Houston restaurants. 

KABC-TV Los Angeles: Houston's 'Bread Man' giving away free loaves to hospitality workers

With dining rooms closing amid COVID-19 concerns, Katsaounis lost business. But that hasn't stopped him from giving back to the community who made his passion a success.

Keep Houston Fed

Restaurants listed are offering to-go service and/or gift cards for sale. Customers also have the option to add $1 onto their bill, which will be donated to Houston Food Bank to help meet the demand for additional food distribution as the COVID-19 situation continues. Each $1 donated to Houston Food Bank can provide 3 meals! 

KPRC: GOOD NEWS: What Houston neighborhoods are doing to spread cheer while still practicing social distancing

As physical interaction is limited and days indoors are dragging, people are getting creative with group activities that are safe to engage in.

KSAT: Houston celebrity designer makes free masks for healthcare workers in wake of coronavirus pandemic

Usually, Chloe Dao spends her days making elegant clothing for Houstonians, even winning Season 2 of the hit show “Project Runway.” She posted on social media offering free masks, and the response was overwhelming.

Accel Lifestyle Creating Prema® Anti-Bacterial Face

Megan Eddings is a chemist by trade and, after being unable to get the workout stink out of her husband’s workout clothes, went to work creating a better, cleaner fabric for the company she launched in August 2019, Accel Lifestyle. In response to news of a mask shortage for healthcare workers she's put her entirely US-based supply chain to work to help local hospitals such as M.D Anderson, Texas Children's Hospital, Yale, Memorial Herman and Methodist. She currently has enough fabric to make 9,000 masks in Houston, and has access to enough fabric to make 90,000 utilizing the fabric that’s currently in her California factory. 

Texans Senior Chair Janice McNair and the McNair Family donate $500,000

Houston Texans Senior Chair Janice McNair announced a donation of $500,000 to the Houston Food Bank and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston Meals on Wheels on behalf of the McNair Family. 

Houston Chronicle: Chef Ronnie Killeen offers free food to hospitality workers affected by Coronavirus shutdown

The Houston restaurateur will offer free barbecue sandwiches and chips to all hospitality workers affected by the coronavirus shutdown starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

KPRC: Mattress Mack develops plan to help seniors, families in need during COVID-19 outbreak

Mattress Mack is asking Houstonians to donate non-perishable items, cleaning supplies and toiletries that will be dropped off to Houston-area seniors.

CLICK Virtual Food Hall

From now on, they are pledging to send a fresh meal for every order they receive over $30 on the app. @kidsmealhouston
KSAT: JJ Watt and wife Kealia Ohai donate $350K to Houston Food Bank to help feed those in need amid COVID-19 outbreak

Houston Texans star JJ Watt and his wife Kealia Ohai have personally donated $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank. The donation will provide over one million meals for those in need during the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak across the United States.

Houston Humane Society opening free, curbside pet food pantry

“We decided to open a pet pantry to help families needing assistance supplementing their pet’s food or supplies during this trying time,” Houston Humane Society Executive Director, Gary Poon, said in the release. “We are sincerely grateful for the partnership with Exclusive Furniture to reach people wanting to help across the Houston area.”

Rockets donate unused Toyota Center food to rescue group

The Houston Rockets made the best of a bad situation by donating more than 600 pounds of produce to food rescue organization Second Servings of Houston.

Paloma Nails give back to employees

Paloma Nails announced they will be giving back 15% of all gift card sales to their staff during this period of closure. Gift cards are valid at any location and do not expire. Please click here to purchase.

CBS Sports: Astros players are doing their part to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic

With regular season games being pushed back for at least two weeks, ballpark staff won't receive paychecks and could face an economic impact from the season being on hold.

Springer will donate $100,000 to the employees at Minute Maid Park. Bregman, meanwhile, announced that he has donated 1,000 quarantine food kits to the Houston Food Bank.The program helps provide students with meals to make up for the lack of access to free meals due to the shutdown of schools, and each kit will provide 28 free lunches per student.

Construction Concepts and Bosscat Kitchen & Libations donating over 500 meals

BCK Management, the owners of Bosscat Kitchen & Libations and BCK, along with Construction Concepts will donate up to 500 meals for families and medical staff at Texas Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson, and cancer families quarantined at home through B.I.G. Love Cancer Care.

They will be donating one meal to B.I.G. Love Cancer Care for any order placed from Bosscat or BCK, no matter how big or small the order.

BCN and MAD Restaurants Help Hospitality Workers with Free Curbside Community Kitchen

The Houston community has been incredible to BCN and MAD, and now the restaurants in return will be introducing a Curbside Community Kitchen to help those in the hospitality industry who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and its aftermath.

From 5-7pm starting March 19th (and for the next two weeks), Chef Luis and staff will donate 200 complimentary, individual meals - first come first serve - to those who have been affected in the hospitality industry. The team will be handing out these meals curbside outside of MAD in River Oaks District. The cuisine will come with a Spanish twist, of course. They are meals that the staff at BCN and MAD are familiar with, as they are meals that the kitchen has been making for the staff lunch since the restaurants’ openings. These meals are a tradition amongst the team, and they now look forward to sharing these meals with the Houston community as well!

Free Meal Program from Second Servings Will Now Serve Public

Second Servings expanded their "Dinner On Us" program to serve anyone in need.

“Serving Houston’s hospitality workers is what inspired the 'Dinner’s On Us' program,” Second Servings Founder Barbara Bronstein said. “However, we’re excited to expand the program to the entire community, thanks to the generous support we’ve received.”

Distribution for the public will begin at 10 a.m. April 23 at the LAM Parking Lot located at 702 Avenida De Las Americas. It will continue every Tuesday and Thursday while supplies last. Those picking up meals must remain in their cars.

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