BBQ Relief

Free hot barbecue meals were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesday on the south side of the Northwest Mall property at 9500 Hempstead Rd. (Contributed photo)

City of Houston officials and disaster relief organizations are partnering to provide free barbecue meals to residents impacted by last week's winter storm.

Hot meals will be served on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on the south side of the Northwest Mall property at 9500 Hempstead Rd. The city said in a news release that meals will be distributed there through Friday, weather permitting, with service starting at 10:30 a.m. each day and continuing until the daily supply runs out.

The food distribution is a joint effort between the city, local Houston City Council members Abbie Kamin and Amy Peck, Operation BBQ Relief, the Salvation Army and CrowdSource Rescue, which will deliver meals to the homes of seniors and people with disabilities. Those who need meals but lack reliable transportation can sign up at to receive a barbecue meal and bottled water.

“Houston is part of the Operation BBQ Relief family as we previously served nearly 400,000 meals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,” Stan Hays, CEO and co-founder of Operation BBQ Relief, said in a news release from the city. “Our teams and volunteers are working around the clock to ensure Houstonians in need receive a comforting hot meal after this unprecedented winter storm.” 

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