Food assistance still needed as Austin recovers from storm

Food aid is still needed as Austin recovers from the storm.

While the sun is shining and the temperature is much warmer than last week, people are still feeling the effects of the winter storm.

All over town, helping with Tuesday food didn’t stop.

“It was great to see the community join the event and what they can do,” said Mandi Nelson, founder of Austin Shift Meal.

While the sun is shining and the temperature is much warmer than last week, people are still feeling the effects of the winter storm. And many in the church want to help.

“We wanted to make sure they had enough food and water to get through this difficult time,” said Adam Hauser, CEO and president of Meals on Wheels Central Texas.


Help is still needed for the Austin community

The electricity is on and the water is back for most of Austin, but help is still needed across the community.


Meals on Wheels, in collaboration with CapMetro, delivered more than 2,000 meals to seniors in the home on Tuesday morning. The meals are ready to eat and some of them were donated by the community.

“We are fortunate enough to live in central Texas. We have a wonderful, generous community, with many people standing up to help us,” said Hauser.

Austin Shift Meal also handed out meals. They distributed 80 meal sets to guest workers.

“It was just amazing and inspiring to see people check in and take care of each other,” said Nelson.

The group has been doing this since the pandemic began, but said they knew this week would have an even bigger impact.

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“This is a great shift lunch option in Austin to make up for the loss of nearly two weeks of food whether you lost your electricity, didn’t have access to water, or didn’t have access to a vehicle to get to the store . ” We are very excited to be of service, “said Clarissa De Leon of Austin Shift Meal.

In East Austin, ATX Musicians rounded off a multi-day event in the Millennium Youth Complex. They distributed water, food, baby food, and more.

“The community is really showing up to meet the community’s fantastic need for mutual help, which is fantastic,” said Mayor Pro Tem and District 1 Councilor Natasha Harper-Madison.

The Austin Area Urban League talks about helping neighbors after the winter storm

The effects of the storm continue to be felt by many in the community, and many organizations, local businesses, and individuals are stepping in to help. Austin Area Urban League President / CEO Quincy Dunlap heard more about what his organization is doing and how you can help.

Harper-Madison said community involvement was an important part of this recovery process.

I think it’s so intrinsic that for most of us you have some instinct that you care about the people around you, “she said.” And in that moment, you leave everything else behind and only care about the people. “

However, she said talks still remain to be held to ensure the city is ready and prepared for such events in the future.

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