Things to know in Austin food: Ways to support restaurant community

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Austin’s taco mafia food trucks return to business after doing everything they can to feed the Austin community. On Tuesday, February 23, Nixta Taqueria, Choose, La tunita 512, Dough boys, and Trill Foods will resume normal hours of operation and give Austin eaters the opportunity to give back to those local restaurants that joined forces last week to provide 3,250 free meals for East Austin communities in need, as well as nonprofit tankproofs, after the Uri winter storm.

For those looking for ways to give back to Austin communities at risk: Del Valle Community Coalition is looking for volunteers to help organize and distribute meal sets for future relief events. Interested parties can find registration information for daily sales opportunities here. Not for profit elsewhere Lighter bites Needs volunteers to distribute fresh produce boxes to families in need on Tuesday, February 22nd and Wednesday, February 23rd (time windows vary). Finally political lobbying, Workers Defense Project is looking for volunteers to help distribute water from his office at 5604 Manor Rd. this week; Interested parties can register online.

After a brutal week of subzero temperatures, power outages and no water, local food-focused organizations are still in need of donations. Here are three worthy nonprofits in need of direct financial assistance.

  • Nice job Austin is currently accepting donations to continue its work in preparing meals for local residents while supporting the restaurant staff. It also works with Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen to help with disaster relief.
  • Austin’s leading queer-focused BIPOC marketplace Frida on Fridays raises funds to provide hot meals and direct financial aid to members of the Austin community. Financial donations can be made through the @fridafridayatx organization’s Venmo account or by buying clothes in Lumpia City.

  • Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association searches through GoFundMe for financial donations to help thousands of small, sustainable family farmers and ranchers in Texas suffering from massive crop failures and / or severely crippled infrastructure.

As energy costs pile up and food resources remain scarce for Austin residents, a local craft beer personality helps locals stretch their dollars. After turning his kitchen into a makeshift food bank to serve friends and neighbors in his South Austin community, FullClip Craft distributors Account Manager (and Austin Beer Guides 2017 “Best Beer Personality”) Tim Vela took the time to compile a free list of inexpensive recipes inspired by his own days when he put up a paycheck. “I created the document after I started making pizzas for people in need from ingredients I just had in my pantry,” Vela tells CultureMap. “I realized how cheap these ingredients were.” Recipes in Vela’s Google Doc “Cheap Easy Eats” include savory dishes like a vegetarian stew, crock pot carnitas, and cheese pizza, priced between $ 1.50 and $ 17.50 for all the ingredients required. Vela also tells CultureMap that he plans to add more recipes to the list later this week, along with recipes presented to him by friends and co-workers.

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