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Food Distribution And COVID Updates: Navigating The Aftermath Of The Winter Freeze, While We’re Still In A Pandemic

Dr. Peter Hotez discusses the impact on the winter storm on COVID cases and vaccines. Plus, representatives from HEB, Greater Houston Restaurant Association and Mutual Aid Houston talk about food supply and aid.


"Well, I'm glad we had a successful Valentine's Day…. because the power has been out since some point in the night and we've lost most of our dairy, meat, produce and freezer inventory. If it's not one thing, it's another. We're salvaging what we can but will be putting some things that are still good outside the front door… milk and maybe some other things. If you can make it to Crema safely, please feel free to come by. We don't want to waste more than we have to and would love to make the best of the situation by helping anyone in need. Stay warm and be careful." – Crema Bakery & Café, Austin, TX via Facebook, Feb. 15


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You made it through the week.

Power is back. Water is back, even though the city is experiencing problems with low pressure and a boil notice remains through the weekend.

And tonight is the last really cold night, with only a light freeze expected in Houston. Then, temperatures will be back up in the 60s.

You want to get out, get some food – but grocery stores have limited supplies.

On top of that, we're still in a pandemic.

Today, we want to help you start navigating the aftermath of the winter freeze.

Need food? Water? Supplies? Or want to help a neighbor in need?

Today, we want to help you find necessities as you prepare for the weekend and begin to recover from the historic winter storms in Texas.

Representatives from HEB, the Greater Houston Restaurant Association and Mutual Aid Houston join us to talk about food supply at local restaurants and grocery stories, as well as how to access help if you need it, including cash assistance.

Plus, Dr. Peter Hotez is here with a COVID update, including how the winter storms may have affected cases and vaccinations.

Guests are:

Dr. Peter Hotez:

  • vaccine expert, pediatrician, author and professor
  • Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital

Melissa Stewart:

Lisa Helfman:

  • Director, Public Affairs for HEB

Tammy Chang:

Winter Weather Resources:
CenterPoint Energy Customer Service/Report Outage 713-207-2222
Houston Food Bank Helpline 832-369-9390 or online

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