Relief Efforts Underway in Houston and the Surrounding Areas

Our hearts go out to all of the victims of Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm that has taken a devastating toll on the city of Houston, Texas and surrounding areas. We are encouraged by members of the community who have reached out to ask how they can help families managing food allergies who have been impacted by this disaster. Relief efforts are in the preliminary stage, and we are working on determining needs and where to direct those who wish to try help. Many in the food allergy community are hoping to send food donations for those with food allergies and special dietary needs.

FARE has spoken with the San Antonio Food Bank, which is coordinating relief efforts for all of Texas, and officials there have indicated that monetary donations will have the most immediate impact. If you would like to be sure your donation goes towards food allergy-friendly foods, add that to the “Notes” section of the online form.

Food allergy companies or donors may send material donations in the form of food allergy products directly to the San Antonio Food Bank (address below) and clearly mark them as FOOD ALLERGY FRIENDLY.

San Antonio Food Bank
5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78227
(210) 337-3663

Local San Antonio residents may donate food allergy friendly foods at these locations:
D1 Field Office - 1310 Vance Jackson 8 am - 8 pm
D2 Field Office - 2805 E Commerce 9 am- 5 pm
D3 Field Office - 3319 Sidney Brooks 9 am- 5 pm
D4 Field Office - 5102 Old Pearsall Rd 9 am -5 pm
D5 Field Offices - Collins Garden Library: 200 N. Park & Las Palmas: 803 Castroville Rd., Suite 218 9 am - 5 pm
D6 Field Office - 8373 Culebra Rd, Suite 202 8 am - 8 pm beginning Tuesday, August 29
D7 Field Office - 4414 Centerview, Suite 160 9:30 am - 8 pm
D8 Field Office - 9830 Colonnade, Suite 165 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
D9 Field Office - 16500 San Pedro, Suite 290 8:30 am to 5 pm
D10 Field Office - 1635 NE loop 410 9 am to 5 pm

As of Thursday, August 31, 2017, the Houston Food Bank has resumed operations. They have indicated that the best way to support their efforts is through monetary donations. If you would like to drop off donations of allergen-friendly products, you may do that curbside at 535 Portwall, Houston, TX now through Saturday, September 9 between 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday/Sunday.

Most Needed Items
Canned ready-to-eat items with pull tops: vegetables, fruit
Protein in pouches or pull-top cans: tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken
Peanut butter substitutes
Snacks: granola bars, breakfast bars, etc.
Paper goods
Cleaning supplies: mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags, bug spray

Boulder, CO Residents may drop off donations at Black Lab Sports Monday, August 28-Friday September 1 from 9 am until 5 pm or Saturday, September 2 10 am until 12 pm.  Black Lab Sports has partnered with a freight company to deliver donations to Houston. They have asked for donations of water and non-perishable goods and has asked specifically for allergy-friendly products. The distribution center is located at 3550 Frontier Ave. Unit D, Boulder, CO 80301.

On Friday, September 1, Kaléo announced a donation of 20,000 AUVI-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-injectors and 5,000 EVZIO® (naloxone HCl injection) Auto-injectors to medical aid organization Direct Relief in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, Louisiana and other affected states.

You can support broader disaster relief efforts in Texas by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts online.

We will continue to post updates here.

For Those in the Affected Area

If you or your family has been affected by the disaster and are in need of assistance, visit the Red Cross shelter finder page to find a shelter near you. American Red Cross shelters have procedures in place to help individuals and families with food allergies; be sure to inform shelter staff of any allergies. At the San Antonio Food Bank, each person served is asked upon entering if they have dietary restrictions and / or allergies. The kitchen preparing the food has a system to avoid cross-contact and to make certain the person who made the request gets the correct food, according to information provided to FARE.

Updated September 1, 2017.