The restaurants in HEB, Austin, are working to provide water and food for those in need
HEB says they will replenish all Austin locations and the Texas Restaurant Association is helping hospitals with meals.
Austin, Texas – – Austin restaurants and grocery stores work hard to bring food and water to those in need.
After days of empty shelves, HEB said they will be replenishing all of its Austin locations Friday night.
“Because we have had so many delays and deliveries that have been delayed due to the weather, we have hundreds of trucks beyond what we would normally do to make sure the product is available to get to our stores.” said Felicia Pena, public affairs manager at HEB.
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Many households in Texas still lack clean water and electricity after the winter weather.
On Saturday morning, the grocery chain plans to open all locations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with food, water, and other hard-to-find items.
“So we’ve put in place some temporary product restrictions to make sure all customers have access to products. And we ask our Texans to be good neighbors and only take what they need so our products are available to other customers.” “Said Pena.
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According to HEB, their trucks also bring bottled water to local stores, which are then distributed in partnership with the city of Austin.
While HEB is busy filling people’s refrigerators, the Texas Restaurant Association is helping hospitals hit by the storm. The club emerged after a hospital representative contacted one of its members on Monday.
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“They said, ‘I represent several hospitals running out of food and we literally don’t have enough food to feed our doctors and nurses. We have a little bit of food to feed the patients, but the food is really low. I have no idea if you can help, but if you can, please contact us, “said Kelsey Erickson Streufert, vice president of government relations and advocacy for the Texas Restaurant Association.
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TRA set up a website to connect these hospitals to restaurants that had to get food out the door before it was spoiled.
“Austin was probably the city with the most hospital and restaurant partnerships, which was great. And I think we helped about 10 hospitals, at least in that hospital area,” said Streufert.
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Thousands are being supplied with electricity again, but now water is the problem, the basic necessity in life.
In some cases, hospitals could pay for the food themselves, in others. Donations from companies covered the bill. After TRA met the food needs in the local hospitals, she decided to expand the idea to emergency shelters, retirement homes and other critical infrastructure facilities.
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So far there has been an overwhelming response. “We have so many restaurants that are happy to help,” said Streufert.
Shelters and other critical care facilities can be added to the prepared meal list on the TRA website.