Generous Texans and Local Restaurants Helping to Feed Youth and Families in Need
Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Comfort Food Care Package (CFCP) program to provide meals for at-risk youth and families in communities across Texas as the state responds to COVID-19. As part of the program, participating restaurants offer CFCPs for patrons to purchase on behalf of families and youth in need. Each care package contains enough food to feed a family of 5 to 6 and will be delivered to recipients’ homes. The program is a partnership between the Governor's Public Safety Office, the Texas network of Family and Youth Success Programs (formerly called Services to At-Risk Youth), Favor Delivery, and the Texas Restaurant Association.
"Thank you to the generous Texans and restaurants across the state for stepping up to provide meals to families in need," said Governor Abbott. "The Comfort Food Care Package program will provide at-risk youth and families with an additional food source, while giving Texans another way to support local restaurants and their fellow Texans experiencing hardships due to COVID-19."
"This innovative new program is a win for communities and restaurants across Texas," said Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. "By harnessing the generosity of Texans, customers can now support their communities and their favorite restaurants at the same time. I’m proud we could partner with Governor Abbott and Favor to launch this program so quickly. While we can’t predict when the impact of this crisis will end, we can find comfort in knowing that we have a new way to ensure everyone receives a meal and by doing that, we will help to keep local restaurants running."
We are all doing our part to stay socially distance at home during this time. As Texans, this is our duty to each other and a necessary focus as we fight the COVID-19 threat in our communities. But what if home is not a safe place? What if social distancing cuts off critical resources — extended family and friends, social services, mental health services? What if the resources relied upon are suddenly gone — income, housing, day care, food supplies? This is the reality faced by some Texas families. One of the greatest needs is access to nutritious food for at-risk Texans. Vulnerable children, youth and families need our help now more than ever.
As a Texas restaurant owner or a Texas restaurant consumer, you can help.
These Comfort Food Care Packages not only provide nutrition and comfort to those in need but also help local restaurants stay in business during these turbulent times.
How It Works
- Restaurants list a Comfort Food Care Package on their online ordering system for customers to purchase on behalf of at-risk families and youth in the community.
- These Comfort Food Care Packages should contain enough food to feed a family of four and be priced between $50 and $100
- Restaurants promote this “menu item” to their customers.
- Texas Restaurant Association, Favor Delivery, and other partners will promote your involvement statewide.
- Customers add Comfort Food Care Packages to their orders and purchase like normal.
- Family and Youth Success Programs identify families and shelters who have the most need and work with participating restaurants and Favor Delivery to get the meals delivered.
As an example, here is what Lucy's Fried Chicken in Austin is selling as their Comfort Food Care Package:
- For $100, you can purchase a Lucy's Comfort Food Care Package which includes 2 buckets of our famous fried chicken, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, garden salad, chicken salad, a loaf of homemade bread, 8 cookies, and delivery.
Restaurant Sign Up
If you are interested in becoming a restaurant who offers a Comfort Food Care Package, please let us know using the form below.
Do you want to help? Contact one of the restaurants in the program to donate meals to families and youth in need.
Do you need assistance? Visit www.211texas.org.
TRA is not responsible for determining who needs aid or which other community organizations can be involved. Thanks!