Countless residents are currently without electricity and water, but for those who are challenged with preexisting racial and socioeconomic barriers, the impact of recent winter storms is devastatingly amplified. In addition to battling freezing temperatures, power outages, and little to no access to clean water, minority community members now face major food insecurities.
Local organizations, including The Black Leaders Collective, DAWA Fund, The Austin Area Urban League, 10,000 Fearless First Responders, Survive to Thrive Foundation, and Six Square have formed a coordinated effort to help house and feed BIPOC community members who are in dire need of assistance in Travis and Williamson counties.
An onsite press conference will be held on Saturday, February 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Sims Elementary School, 1203 Springdale Road.
The emergency supply distribution site will accept donation drop-offs starting at 10 a.m. The site will be open to the public for pick up starting at 3 p.m.
Organizers are asking for emergency supplies including:
- Baby food and formula
- Clean water
- Toiletries and medications
Donations are also being accepted to fund “Feeding the Village.” The BLC has brought together five Black-owned restaurants to feed people in the coming days. A community support fund has been established to help house and feed minority community members severely affected by current conditions. You can help ensure individuals and families have access to warm shelter, clean water, and food by contributing. To donate, please visit bit.ly/BlackCommunityDisasterFund. All financial support is appreciated and valued.