Water and food distribution sites open across the Houston area

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
People line up hours in advance for food distribution at NRG
The food distribution doesn't even start until 9 a.m., but one woman has been in line since 2:20 a.m. She says she has four kids, a mother and a brother she needs to feed.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- As the Houston area continues to deal with the winter storm recovery, multiple groups have organized free water or food distribution events throughout the city.

The list below will be updated with new information as we get it.

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, several cars were seen already in line for a food distribution at NRG Stadium. The gates weren't set to open until 7 a.m. and the distribution was set to start at 9 a.m. One woman, who also happens to be the first in line, said she's been there since 2:20 a.m.

The woman asked to be kept anonymous, but she did tell ABC13 that she's there because she has four kids, a mother and a brother to feed.

Since the winter storm last week, she said she's lost a lot but she's thankful for her neighbors.

"We've got neighbors, and we help each other," she said.

Also in Houston, Mattress Mack will be holding a Food Bank distribution Tuesday at Gallery Furniture North Freeway. It is set to run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the parking lot located at 6006 N. Freeway.

This food distribution drive was sponsored by Work Texas at Gallery Furniture and Neighborhood Schools, Inc.

If you're still need in need of water, Rockets staff members will be handing out cases of bottled water Tuesday at the Toyota Center. The drive-thru distribution starts at 11 a.m.

Staff will also provide free hand sanitizer and face masks.

If you are in the Montgomery County area and need help, find a food pantry on this website.

Katy ISD is offering regular curbside service on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all curbside locations.

On Feb. 24, Lucille's 1913, a nonprofit founded by chef Chris Williams, will distribute 4,000 meals in Richmond and Rosenberg. Fort Bend County Judge KP George is expected to be on hand to assist.

While the boil water notice has been lifted for Houston and many communities, it's still in effect for some small water systems. Check with your MUD or water provider before using the water to drink or cook.

You can find the latest on the boil water notices here.

WATCH: Houston Texans CEO Cal & Hannah McNair volunteer at Houston Food Bank distribution

Cal and Hannah McNair were among those giving their time and effort to help distribute food at Sunday's Houston Food Bank even at NRG Park.
One of the sites includes a large distribution event Saturday at a northeast Houston church, where hundreds of people were in line for free water.
"We are hurting right now in Houston, Texas!" BW Williams from the Lake Houston area was one of several dozen who waited in line ahead of one of Saturday's free water distribution events across the city.


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