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Struggling with winter storm aftermath? Here's where to get free food, water, warmth in North Texas

Organizations across North Texas are coming together to help provide resources from free firewood to hot meals and even water to help residents without power.
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Madison Lewis, 10, uses a laptop while seeking refuge from the cold with family at the warming center located at Ruthe Jackson Center in Grand Prairie, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. The family lost power early Monday afternoon. (Juan Figueroa/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Updated Sunday with additional resources.

Many North Texans remain without power after the winter storm that hit the state earlier in the week. The outages have also impacted water treatment plants in several cities, which is leaving some people without water as well. 

Below are some resources for people who may be looking for ways to get warm, hydrated, or find a warm meal. 

Hungry? 

While people remain without power, or in some cases water, cooking a meal may be difficult. Several restaurants in D-FW are open and serving up hot food.

For a full list of restaurants, click here

Friendship-West Baptist Church at 2020 W. Wheatland Road in Dallas has organized events to give away free groceries and hot meals. 

  • Sunday, Feb. 21 at noon, Friendship-West Baptist Church is partnering with Sankofa Kitchen for a free hot meal distribution, while supplies last. 

DeSoto Food Pantry will resume regular operations on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to serve its clients. The pantry, located at 400 North Hampton Road in the Baptist church, will also be open again Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. for regular operations. 

Chocolate MINT Foundation Food Pantry at 1604 Falcon Drive is holding multiple events this week to serve all residents of Dallas or Ellis counties. The events will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

New Mount Zion Baptist Church is partnering with the North Texas Food Bank to host a mobile pantry distribution Sunday, Feb. 21 at 9550 Shepherd Road in Dallas from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Residents will receive shelf-stable, ready-made foods. 

Stewpot Dallas is feeding people at the Bridge Homeless Recover Shelter and at the convention center. Go here for more information.

The Park South YMCA located at 2500 Romine Avenue in Dallas is giving out about 170 gallons of milk beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for free. Milk is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Relief boxes to be handed out in Denton from Real Housewives star's charity

Care packages full of essential supplies are going to be handed out at Cross Timbers Hope Center on Sunday starting at 4 p.m. 

The distribution in Denton is a collaboration with Real Housewives of NYC star Bethenny Frankel's BStrong Initiative and NCS Trucking Company. 

One box will be given out per car. Each contains: 

  • 20-pound bag of rice 
  • One to two 2-pound bags of beans
  • 1 to 2-pound bag of oats
  • Protein bars
  • Immune boosters
  • Hydration kits
  • Hygiene supplies like dry shampoo and bars of soap
  • 5 masks, gloves and a large hand sanitizer

The distribution will last as long as supplies do. The Cross Timbers Hope Center is located at 312 W McKinney St. in Denton. 

The donation contains more than $180,000 worth of supplies that should be enough to feed 5,000 people, a news release said. Two other trucks are headed to other

Fort Worth ISD to provide meals to go for students

Fort Worth Independent School District announced Saturday it will provide to-go meals for all of its students at 25 locations Monday, Feb. 22. 

The district said the distribution event will include meals for both Monday and Tuesday, as schools remain closed due to winter storm damage. 

Here is the list of locations and times: 

  • Amon Carter Riverside HS                8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS                     9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Trimble Tech HS                                 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Western Hills HS                                 9:00 – 10 a.m.
  • J.P. Elder MS                                       10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • William James MS                               7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Morningside MS                                  9:00 – 10 a.m.
  • Rosemont MS                                      9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Jacquet MS                                          8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • International Newcomers                    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Como Montessori                                8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Glencrest 6th                                       10:20 – 11:20 a.m.
  • McLean 6th                                           7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
  • West Handley ES                                 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Daggett ES                                           8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • De Zavala ES                                        8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
  • East Handley ES                                  8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Christene C. Moss ES                         8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • A.M. Pate ES                                        8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • M.L. Phillips ES                                   7:00 – 9:30 a.m.
  • South Hills ES                                     8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Washington Heights ES                     8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Westcreek ES                                      8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Woodway ES                                       9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Clifford Davis ES                                 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

RELATED: Hungry? Here are some D-FW restaurants open during the severe winter weather

Tarrant Area Food Bank  

Tarrant Area Food Bank will be holding four distribution events in response to this week’s winter storms. 

All four events are open to anyone who may need help during this time. Volunteers are needed for the Herman Clark Stadium events to help with registration, traffic control, and food distribution. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up here. 

Below is a list of the events: 

Thursday, Feb. 18: Emergency Food Box Distribution from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at TAFB’s Distribution Center, 2600 Cullen St. in Fort Worth. SNAP assistance will be available on-site to help answer questions about the application process and help to complete applications.

Friday, Feb. 19: TAFB’s Weekly Mega Mobile Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Herman Clark Stadium at 5201 CA Roberson Blvd in Fort Worth. Volunteers are needed for this event.

Saturday, Feb. 20: Special Distribution Event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Herman Clark Stadium. Volunteers are needed for this event.

Monday, Feb. 22: Special Distribution Event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Herman Clark Stadium. Volunteers are needed for this event.

The North Texas Food Bank

NTFB will host two Mobile Pantry distributions Saturday. People will be able to attend the drive-thru distribution and receive pre-kitted meal boxes thanks to a large food donation from HelloFresh and their delivery partner Grand Husky Logistics. 

Below are the locations and times:

  • Saturday 1 pm. to 3 p.m. at UNT Dallas, 7300 University Hills Blvd 
  • Saturday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace Church in Plano, 3301 Preston Rd.

Need water?

Click here to check an updated list of water distribution events across North Texas.

Natural Grocers will be providing free filtered water through Feb. 23. 

The company says to fill up on free water, customers will need to provide their own jugs or bottles and select stores will have an assortment for purchase. Then, customers will take their filled receptacle to the register. Each person will be limited to two gallons of water.

Click here to find your closest Natural Grocers store.

The City of Plano is giving out bottled water from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at Grace Church Plano for anyone whose water has been shut off due to broken pipes. The church is located at 3301 Preston Road.

The City of Garland has bottled water available for residents without water. A drive-thru pickup will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Central Library, 625 Austin St, in the west parking lot. The city says it will continue to distribute water while supply is available. 

Anyone able to donate water is asked to do so at the following two locations: 

  • Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery – 509 W. State St.
  • Rosalind Coffee – 107 N. Sixth St.

The City of Fort Worth is giving out water at these locations on Saturday:

Most will distribute bottled water, some require that you bring your own container.

  • Station 25, 3801 North Main St. (Bottled water) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Station 31, 4209 Longstraw Dr. (Bottled water) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Trinity Springs Middle School, 3550 Keller Hicks Road (Bottled water) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • RD Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Road (Both bottled water and some available to fill containers) Opens at 11 a.m. 
  • Western Hills High School, 3600 Boston Ave. (Bottled water) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Birchman Baptist Church, 9100 North Normandale St. (Both bottled water and some available to fill containers) 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Beth Eden Baptist Church, 3108 Wilbarger (Both bottled water and some available to fill containers)  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Martin Luther King Community Center, 5565 Truman Dr. (Both bottled water and some available to fill containers) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill, (Both bottled water and some available to fill your containers) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Lake Country Christian School, 7050 Lake Country Dr., (Bring your own container)  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

In addition to the city-operated sites, some breweries are offering water to residents. Please call to confirm hours. 

  • CowTown Brewery, 1301 E Belknap St.
  • Panther Island Brewing, 501 N Main St.
  • Hop Fusion Ale Works, 200 E Broadway Ave.
  • Wild Acre Brewing, 1734 E El Paso St.

Residents need to bring their own containers for all breweries.

The City of Farmers Branch will be providing free water on Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 13333 Senlac Drive. 

Residents are asked to:

  • Bring their own water container
  • Park inside the parking lot
  • Observe a 10 gallon limit per day

The City of Garland has set up bottled water distribution at the Central Library, located at 625 Austin Street. A drive-thru pickup area will be set up in the west parking lot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. 

If you would like to donate water, go to Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery at 509 W. State Street or Rosalind Coffee at 107 N. Sixth Street.

Showers

The City of Plano will allow residents who don’t have water due to burst pipes to take showers at several recreation centers. Starting Sunday, they can go to the Carpenter Park, Tom Muehlenbeck centers, and the Plano Aquatic Center to use showers for free. 

Tom Muehlenbeck and Carpenter Park Recreation Center

  • Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plano Aquatic Center

  • Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Below are guidelines from city officials that must be followed at the shower facilities:

  • Plano residents only
  • Face masks required
  • Check-in at the front desk and show your license to verify residency
  • Staff will take down your name, address and phone number, and time of check-in
  • Stop by the front desk to check out when you are done using the facility
  • Bring personal toiletries (towels, washcloths, shampoo, etc.)

Duncanville Fieldhouse

The city of Duncanville will open its Fieldhouse from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday for those still without water access. People can use the showers and collect water at the Fieldhouse but are asked to bring their own water containers and toiletries. 

Shower suites will be assigned to families after they check in at the Fieldhouse and reservations are available by calling 972-331-8868.

To fill up water containers, three bibs will be available outside the Fieldhouse for drive-up water stations.

The Fieldhouse is located at 1700 S. Main St. in Duncanville. 

Power

The Home Depot Foundation is donating generators for the city of Dallas to distribute to seniors and families. The supplies will be gathered and prepared this week and delivered once road conditions are safe.

RELATED: Here's how to help fellow North Texans still struggling without power

Telehealth 

GoodRx is offering free telehealth visits to Texans through the end of February.

GoodRx provides treatment for medical problems such as the flu, UTIs, short-term medication refills, and more. Prescriptions can be picked up at the pharmacy or mailed directly to a patient’s home.

More information on free telehealth can be found here. The code for a free visit with an online doctor is: TX-CARE-100

Warming centers 

Dozens of warming centers are open across North Texas. They are offering people without power a place to come and get warm, charge their devices, and rest for a bit. Some centers are also allowing pets.

For a full list of warming centers, click here.

Select YMCAs will continue opening their doors to those in the community without power or water as a safe place to warm up from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Below is a list of participating YMCA's include:

  • Moorland Family YMCA at Oak Cliff
  • Park South YMCA
  • Waxahachie Family YMCA
  • White Rock Family YMCA
  • J.E.R. Chilton Family YMCA at Rockwall
  • Richardson Family YMCA
  • Cross Timbers Family YMCA
  • Semones Family YMCA
  • Moody Family YMCA
  • Plano Family YMCA
  • Frisco Family YMCA
  • Coppell Family YMCA
  • Lake Highlands Family YMCA
  • T. Boone Pickens YMCA

Hot coffee, charging stations, WiFi access, and water stations will be available are available at the YMCA's. Showers are available to locations that have locker rooms.  

Need firewood?

The Fort Worth-based moving company, Gozova, is delivering free firewood to anyone in need in the DFW Metroplex. The company is prioritizing people who are without power and unable to leave to pick up supplies themselves. 

If you're in need of firewood, just fill out this form on Gozova's website. The company is also accepting firewood donations from people or groups who want to contribute. 

The company is utilizing the help of volunteer drivers to ensure the firewood gets delivered to people as quickly as possible.