In January, Houston residents in need were presented, with 3,000 meals for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The giving began with 2,000 meals delivered in Fort Bend County and culminated with 1,000 meals brought to Pleasant Hill Village in Fifth Ward. A total of 1,400 personal protective equipment kits were also distributed in Fort Bend County.
The meals and kits were made possible by Lucille’s 1913, a non-profit originally established to serve frontline workers during the pandemic’s early days.
Recipients remained in their cars for distribution, either popping open their trunk or lowering their passenger side back window to receive their meals. Chef’s Produce provided a refrigerated truck to keep the meals throughout the day. Covid-19 measures were in place to ensure safety among staff, volunteers, and guests.
Lucille’s 1913 also launched a 1,200-square-foot community garden in Fifth Ward, where it operates a satellite kitchen. The plot will be used as garden therapy for elders of the community to grow seasonal and colorful produce, including collard greens, cabbage, swiss chard, and rosemary.
Founded in 2020 by chef Chris Williams, Lucille’s 1913 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit building a vertically integrated ecosystem to combat food insecurity and waste. The organization will also create training and employment opportunities in traditionally under-resourced neighborhoods and empower communities to discover a self-sustainable livelihood through food.
Since its inception in 2020, Lucille’s 1913 has donated more than 145,000 meals to Houstonians in need.