Hurricane Laura

What Grocery Stores, Food Distribution Organizations are Doing Before and During Laura

As a hurricane approaches the Gulf Coast, we're updating with information on markets and food hubs.

By Timothy Malcolm August 25, 2020

As Hurricane Laura inches closer to the coastline, possibly severely impacting Houston and Galveston, we're keeping track of how grocery stores, markets, and food distribution centers are responding. 

We'll have live updates here:

Grocery Stores/Markets

H-E-B/Central Market

Most Houston-area stores will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. They will reopen once it's considered safe to open Thursday. 

Some H-E-B stores will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, then reopen 6 a.m. Wednesday and close at noon. Those stores: Beaumont H-E-B Plus!, Beaumont 6 H-E-B, Lumberton H-E-B, Orange H-E-B, Port Arthur H-E-B, Groves H-E-B, Mid County H-E-B, Mont Belvieu H-E-B, Baytown H-E-B, and Baytown Joe V’s Smart Shop.

Product limits at H-E-B stores in Houston: water multipacks (limit four); brisket (limit two); and disinfecting sprays and wipes, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, and first aid and cleaning gloves (limit two).

Central Market has different product limits; visit its website for more information. 

Fiesta Mart

Situations depend on locality. The most southeastern Fiesta Mart, on Bellfort near Hobby Airport, is limiting multipack water to three packs per person. The Kirby location has water in stock without restrictions, and the Spring Branch location has water too. Bellaire, however, is out of water. Fiesta Mart at this point hasn't changed hours, and stores are prepared to open Wednesday.


We're still trying to get a beat on the chain across Houston, but it seems to depend on location. Most Kroger locations will close at 11 p.m. Tuesday as per usual and then reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday, again as per usual. Depending on what's in store, you could face some limitations with purchasing water; for example, the Pasadena Kroger is restricting bottled water to two multipacks per person. That said, each Kroger contacted around 4 p.m. Tuesday was seeing an influx of customers.


Additional trailers of products were sent to Houston-area Randalls, with more bottled water coming this way, as well. Direct Store Delivery vendors were asked to get products to customers early, and generators have been lined up to power Houston-area stores in anticipation of a power outage. There are no posted product limits as of this time, and all locations are scheduled to remain open until 11 p.m. Tuesday. As for Wednesday, the Galveston store will close midday while other stores will maintain regular hours (6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), until further notice.

Hong Kong Food Market

The Bellaire location of the grocery store has plenty of bottled water, according to writer Mai Pham.

Whole Foods Market

According to a representative, select Whole Foods stores will close early Wednesday. Visit the website for updated hours for individual locations.

Food Distribution

Houston Food Bank

As per its disaster plan, the Food Bank is working with 63 partners who will help distribute food and water after a hurricane, and it's currently in Phase 2, meaning there's a high probability of the disaster plan being executed. Currently 665 pallets of canned items are on standby, as well as more than 400 pallets of water and 170 pallets of cleaning supplies. Trucks are loaded and ready to go, as well. Volunteers and donations will be needed. Updates to come.

YMCA of Greater Houston

Food distribution services at all locations are cancelled Wednesday through Friday. For more information and updates, visit the website.

Sweetwater Farms

Farmer Chaz Daughtry says he's trying to pick as much as possible for distribution before Laura hits. If you're in need of fresh produce, and especially if you're in Northside and don't have immediate access to a market, visit the Sweetwater Farms website. You can pick up at 8333 Sweetwater Lane in Northside.

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