FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2020
Second Servings of Houston teams up with Hess Corporation and Sysco to distribute 10,000 chef-prepared meals every week beginning April 9th
HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 7, 2020) – With the COVID-19 crisis upon us, Second Servings is devoting time and resources to a new group of Houstonians in need: hospitality workers. Partnering with long-time supporters, Hess Corporation and Sysco, Second Servings announces the “Dinner’s On Us” Program focused on providing take-home chef-prepared family meals to furloughed and unemployed hospitality workers in Houston. “We saw the impact first-hand last month, when we rescued valuable perishable food from hotels, event venues, business cafeterias, schools and restaurant kitchens that were forced to close,” Second Servings Founder Barbara Bronstein said. “We created this program because we wanted to help the people who serve the community and donate surplus food to us all year
long.” Beginning Thursday, April 9, Second Servings will distribute 10,000 meals, prepared by Hess Corporation’s Food Services team, each week to unemployed hospitality staff, such as restaurant workers, hotel housekeepers and convention service workers. Every Tuesday and
Thursday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., the meals will be distributed in a contact-free drive-through procedure by Second Servings’ volunteers at 702 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX, 77003 in the LAM parking lot. The freshly prepared and frozen family meals serve 7-8 people and will feature hearty comfort food, such as chicken ‘n biscuits, red beans, and rice and penne pasta with sausage. Sysco Houston is donating and discounting the food being prepared, as well as providing storage assistance. “The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought the travel and hospitality sectors to a near halt,” Hess Corporation Global Dining Manager Randy Fournier said. “The consequences have been devastating for hotels, restaurants and others in the hospitality industry. In keeping with our values, Hess is pleased to provide some relief when needed most to those who typically serve others.