Grocery shops and the Houston Meals Financial institution work to supply meals and water for the neighborhood after extreme climate

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Joe Kelley, president of the Kroger division in Houston, said the grocery chain plans to have 12 million cases of bottled water delivered to its stores to meet water supply needs.

Kelley said the widespread power outages due to severe weather caused a ripple effect that affected his stores, employees, warehouses and supply chain.

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“We’ll get through this together,” said Kelley. “We will take care of our communities. I already have contact with numerous hospitals, as well as the [Houston] Mayor and [Harris County] Judge Lina Hidalgo and the boards – we will also provide water to these organizations. We’ll get the supply chain up and running very quickly. “

The Houston Food Bank announced that it has been operating in “disaster mode” since Monday. Brian Greene, president of the Houston Food Bank, said the organization needed volunteers as it helps distribute food to those in need and work with community partners and warming centers.

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“We usually send out trucks six days a week. We’re going to be sending trucks seven days a week, ”Greene said. “And we will maintain this additional pace until the situation has calmed down to the COVID-19 level.”

One of the Tafel’s community partners, the Joseph House Community Outreach Center and the Living Water IAM Agency, is distributing groceries to families in need through its emergency food pantry on Thursday and Friday.

“It’s a blessing,” said Brenda Kinsey of Houston. “I think you will never know how many people you are a blessing.”

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Meanwhile, HEB Houston’s public affairs director Lisa Helfman said the stores were also hit by water and power outages. HEB stores also announced that they would temporarily reduce their opening hours this week due to the storm.

“Fortunately, the water is coming back,” said Helfman. “I think the boiling ban will be lifted in a few days and the product will move. We have the product in our trucks. That’s not the problem and now that the weather is better and the road conditions are better we can get them back in the stores. “

HEB currently has purchase limits for certain products, which you can find in the list on the store’s website.

The Houston Food Bank has also listed the most needed items on their website.

  • Bottled water
  • Ready-to-eat foods such as: soups, canned noodles, canned protein, etc.
  • Muesli bars / muesli (family or individual)
  • loaf

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