Human nature truly shines when Mother Nature is at her worst. When Hurricane Harvey pounded Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana with devastating amounts of rainfall and flooding, everyday people turned into heroes. In addition to the first responders and emergency personnel heeding the calls for help, neighbors rolled out their johnboats and 4-wheel drives, and local businesses opened up their facilities to make goods and services available to those in need.
Two such businesses were Houston-based HPP Toller, Texas Food Solutions, and Perfect Fit Meals. They began delivering ready-to-eat healthy meals to first responders and shelters to help keep people’s strength and spirits up even while the wind and water continued to pound the city. Deliveries were made to fire and police stations, emergency shelters, make-shift meal service tents, schools and churches, even though sometimes the transport drivers had to work around flooded streets and neighborhoods to make the deliveries.
“It was great that our company was able to service customers and accounts, while still taking care of our team and helping those in need,” said Jasmine Sutherland, President of Texas Food Solutions. “We had an emergency action plan in place so we were ready. Our buildings lost power, but we were instantly moved to back up power and were able to keep all products safe. Our customers were all patient and rode it out with us, so we are grateful.”
The staff at Texas Food Solutions and Perfect Fit Meals also worked with the charitable organization, The Unmentionables, to organize and spread the word about collecting donations of new underwear, bras and diapers for those severely affected by the hurricane. The contributions were collected at the Texas Food Solutions plant, an Avure certified toller.
If you’d like to help, Houston officials have established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims affected by the recent floods. The fund is housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.