Tropical Storm Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, hit Texas and parts of Louisiana this past week. In light of the deadly floods, people have been partaking in random acts of kindness. Like the Pizza Hut employee who delivered hot slices to those stranded and running out of food, or the Mexican bakers who were trapped and made hundreds of pan dulce for flood victims.
In light of the flooding, the Houston Independent School District announced students would be eating meals at school for free during the 2017 to 2018 school year. What's more, students do not need to apply for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program.
"The flooding that is affecting the city of Houston has been devastating to so many. Some of the areas that are the hardest hit are filled with working parents whose limited funds will need to go toward recovery efforts," Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza says in a statement.
Many corporations are also giving back to victims — Food & Wine reports that Starbucks has contributed $250,000 towards Harvey relief and customers can donate to the American Red Cross at any U.S. franchise. Amazon and its newly acquired company, Whole Foods, will match all donations made on Amazon up to $1 million. Restaurant franchises and supermarkets — from McDonald's and Chipotle to Kroger and General Mills — are offering their brick-and-mortar locations, resources, and goods for victims, reports the Wall Street Journal.
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Those looking to contribute in the food realm should check out local Texas food banks via NPR. And if you've got time and skills to spare, then the World Central Kitchen is seeking volunteers with cooking experience. Those in the vicinity can also donate food in lieu of cash. According to Fortune, Feeding Texas is accepting ready-to-eat staples: pop-top meat and fish, powdered milk, cereal, canned fruit, fruit cups, peanut butter, and jelly, as well as cleaning supplies.