HISD to deliver student meals to families at three apartment complexes in Wheatly HS feeder pattern
July 23, 2020 – Beginning Monday, the Houston Independent School District will deliver a weeks’ worth of student meals directly to three apartment complexes with large concentrations of students in the Wheatley High School feeder pattern.
Offered through Nutrition Services Houston Eats catering service, the delivery service will be provided through August as a complement to the district’s curbside summer meals program.
The program is open to students who are between the ages 1 to 18 and live in the apartment complexes where the food is being delivered. Participants do not have to be enrolled in HISD schools.
- Mondays: Kennedy Place Apartments, 3100 Gillespie St.
- Tuesdays: Kelly Village Apartments, 3118 Green St.
- Wednesdays: Clayton Homes, 1919 Runnels St.
Meals will be distributed from 1 to 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Students, parents, or adult family members may pick up the meals, but all families must maintain physical distancing during pick up.
While the program is currently offered at three apartment complexes, additional locations may be added based on need.
For the most updated list of distribution sites and times, visit HoustonISD.org/SummerMeals.
Wednesday Mayor Turner honored all city of Houston employees who died of COVID-19.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the death of Deputy Juan Menchaca, who died on Saturday after a lengthy battle with COVID-19.
Deputy Menchaca, 70, had been hospitalized for several weeks after contracting COVID-19. He was a 14-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and was most recently assigned to the courts division. He began his law enforcement career with the Nacogdoches Police Department, and he previously served 18 years as a Texas parole officer.
“Deputy Menchaca was a beloved member of our Harris County Sheriff’s Office family, and he will be terribly missed by all of us who had the honor of knowing him,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “I ask the entire community to lift up Deputy Menchaca, his wife, Melissa, and their entire family in their prayers. I also ask that we all honor him by continuing to do our part to stop the spread of this terrible virus.”
Deputy Menchaca and his wife had seven children.
He is the second Sheriff’s Office employee to die after contracting COVID-19. Sgt. Raymond Scholwinski died of the virus on May 6.
The number of Sheriff’s Office employees who have tested positive for coronavirus during the pandemic stands at 332. Of those, 15 are currently hospitalized and 254 have recovered.
Funeral arrangements for Deputy Menchaca are pending.
EXCERPT FROM ARTICLE ON TAMINA COVID 19 TESTING:
Getting the site in Tamina took a few steps. First, Isiah Carey with Fox 26 News, was reporting in the area and discovered that there hadn’t been accessible testing done in the area. He reached out to the offices of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who is not the congressional representative for Tamina, who then coordinated with the Texas Division of Emergency Management to get the testing sites set up. Congressman Kevin Brady’s office also helped bring attention to the need for testing in the area to the Texas Department of Emergency Management and local officials.
The community of Tamina was established by freed slaves nearly 150 years ago.
And in 2020 they still don’t have a modern sewer system, fire hydrants, or even one location to determine if the residents of the predominantly Black community have the Coronavirus.
This is Our America in the era of Covid 19!
Dear Citizens of Brazoria County:
I was recently shocked and disappointed to learn that without notice, to elected state officials or county officials, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) recently transferred a large percentage of its COVID-19 positive cases to Brazoria County prison units. This is an appalling and unconscionable lack of transparency by the TDJC and a total disregard for public safety during this Public Health Emergency. We as citizens recognize our duty to assist others, and Brazoria County residents are more than happy to contribute their fair share to help. However, TDCJ’s actions have placed a disproportionate impact on Brazoria County citizens and their resources. This impact is not the fault of any inmate or inmates. As a result, of the lack of transparency and disregard for public safety in Brazoria County by TDJC’s leadership, I have sent a letter to the Honorable Greg Abbott requesting his assistance and additional resources to protect the citizens of Brazoria County.
Brazoria County has been assured by UTMB administration that this will have minimal impact on UTMB Angleton Danbury Hospital Campus. You may find my letter to Governor Abbott posted on Brazoria County’s website. It is my goal and the goal of Commissioners’ Court to, at all times, protect the citizens of Brazoria County.
L.M. “Matt” Sebesta, Jr.
Brazoria County Judge
Mayor Sylvester Turner says there have been two more Covid-19 deaths in the city of Houston.
Tuner says that brings the number to 31 people who have died from this deadly form of the Coronavirus.
There are a total of 2,570 cases in the city of Houston.
There are 6,600 cases in Southeast, TX.
After intense screenings (1,000 tests completed Thursday) there are also 114 new positive tests for Covid 19.
Mattress Mack and Kroger are together reaching out to share a message with Houstonians in support of their mission to feed thousands of housebound Houston seniors.
Last month, Mattress Mack, Joe Kelley of Kroger, and Mayor Sylvester Turner announced their partnership to feed over 10,000 local seniors in need,” said Joe Kelley. As of April 16, Kroger has delivered over $350,000 of groceries to Gallery Furniture which with the help of volunteers, have been distributed to those in need.
This is where they are asking Houstonians to step in – Mattress Mack need your help. He is requesting volunteers on Sat., April 18 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to help deliver groceries to seniors. Volunteers can drive up with their trunk open and Gallery Furniture will load with bags of groceries. Volunteers will receive a list of addresses located within a single zip code to deliver to seniors’ doorstep.
“The stories that I have heard from seniors seeking food have been heartbreaking,” said Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale. “With Kroger’s partnership and the generosity of the Houston community, we will be able to make sure that every senior receives food.”
Kroger shoppers can continue to donate non-perishable food at any Houston area Kroger store or at Gallery Furniture 6006 N. Freeway or Gallery Furniture Grand Parkway every day from 8am-10pm. Gallery Furniture is also accepting donations of cleaning supplies and toiletries.
“The response from the Houston community has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are thankful that we have the means to make an impact at such a critical time,” said Joe Kelley. While many people can make a weekly trip to the grocery store, this specific group of individuals cannot. We want to make sure that our seniors are taken care of by ensuring they are fed and their pantries are full.”
Mattress Mack and Joe Kelley, president of Kroger Houston, are hosting a press conference today at 3 p.m. at the Gallery Furniture North Freeway location to highlight their efforts to fight hunger in the Houston community. Media are encouraged to attend to capture interviews and video.