Dallas Restaurants Distributed Thousands of Free Meals to People Impacted By Winter Storm Uri
Temperatures started to thaw this weekend, but the problems for many Dallas / Fort Worth residents are not over yet. Evidence of boiling water, damage from storms, spoiled food from days without power, and other issues meant residents may have had to turn to local restaurants for food.
In response to the need, a number of restaurants across the city immediately began offering free meals to those who needed them. On Saturday, Cane Rosso announced on his social media profiles that he will be giving away 300 pizzas from his location in Deep Ellum with the help of non-profit Cotton Global Disaster Solutions. The pizzeria, which was founded in 2011 on Valentine’s Day in Dallas, should have celebrated its 10th anniversary this weekend. Instead, she prepared meals to be distributed to other Texans. These efforts have continued to this day. Free salads and pizzas were offered for lunch in both Deep Ellum and Fort Worth.
At Oak Cliff Taqueria Trompo, the restaurant partnered with Jarritos to feed more than 650 people on Saturday. World Central Kitchen, the culinary nonprofit founded by Executive Chef Jose Andres, has partnered with Dallas Restaurant Knife and Executive Chef John Tesar to serve soup, beef, and rice to residents of an apartment complex home to newly arrived Texas immigrants. Chef Tim Love has also partnered with WCK to feed residents of a senior citizen apartment complex in Tarrant County whose normal food delivery service had been disrupted by the weather.
Several local breweries also distributed free water. Fort Worth’s Hopfusion Ale Works wrote on Instagram that their water distribution would continue all week and “as long as it takes” to meet residents’ needs.
One organization particularly hard hit was Genesis Women’s Shelter, which provides support and shelter to domestic violence survivors. The shelter had to close for the first time in 35 years after a burst pipe caused flooding and roof damage. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle learned of the closure and made an undisclosed donation to the organization.
Dallas-based music venue, restaurant, and ice house, The Rustic, launched an initiative to support Genesis. Until March 8, anyone can donate a hot chicken and cheese sandwich to a resident of the shelter, with The Rustic raising all donations. The sandwich costs around $ 15 and can be purchased from this link.