More news and notes from another day with power outages, water issues, and freezing temperatures in Houston:

Free meals

Do you need a hot meal right now?

Houston Shift Meal, which formed at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic to help feed restaurant workers without jobs, is coordinating a few meal distributions this afternoon (Friday). They are at:

  • Backstreet Cafe: 1103 S Shepherd Dr until 5:30 p.m.
  • Ladybirds Bar: 5519 Allen St until 8 p.m.
  • El Big Bad: 419 Travis St until 5 p.m.

You must be present at the distribution site to get your meal. Keep a watch of Houston Shift Meal's Facebook page for more events.

Also, Cotton Holdings, a Houston-based disaster-recovery company, will be distributing hot meals for free at local spots:

  • Jimmy Changas: 300 Westgreen Blvd, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday–Saturday
  • Rollin' Phatties: 1731 Westheimer Rd, starting at 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday
  • Jersey Mike's Subs: 7670 Katy Fwy, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Meals are distributed first come, first serve.

The Dessert Gallery is seeking information regarding its delivery truck.

Dessert Gallery seeks information

Amid all this, someone stole the Dessert Gallery delivery truck. According to a representative for the store, on Thursday Dessert Gallery was in the process of delivering more than 1,000 desserts to Second Servings—which helps feed the more vulnerable members of our community—when someone hopped in and drove off. 

If you have any information about the truck or have seen the truck since Thursday, call Dessert Gallery at 713-522-9999.

UPDATE: A representative for Dessert Gallery says that the van was hotwired before Thursday, then was used to steal AT&T equipment that was sent to Houston to help people recover from the winter storm.

Meal kits

Folks in The Woodlands can get meal kits from Whiskey Cake. Stop by 27800 N Freeway Service Rd to purchase a grocery kit ($50) that includes a pound of butter, a gallon of milk, 15 eggs, a marinated chicken, and six burgers with buns and fixings. Also available is a chili cooking kit ($50) that also includes butter, milk, and eggs, and a big kid kit ($3o) with chicken tenders, hummus, and crudités, spinach salad, and macaroni and cheese.

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