The Fort Worth community has come together in inspiring ways to support each other and those in need during this time. Learn more about those mentioned in our video streaming now!
Z's Cafe Crisis Meals Program
Approximately 85,000 students in the Fort Worth ISD qualify for free or reduced lunches, with many of those lacking reliable transportation to food distribution points. Z's Cafe and Catering has stepped up to provide boxed lunches to these children and families through the Crisis Meal Project. Learn how to donate or volunteer here.
Melt Ice Cream Happiness for Heroes
Ice cream creates smiles and this remains true even during a pandemic. Melt Ice Creams' donation-based ice cream delivery program called Happiness for Heroes delivers individual pints to medical emergency staff around DFW. Purchases can be made in $25 increments and can include notes. Learn more here.
Yogi Squad at Backlot Studio
In an effort to help de-stress anxious families, Yogi Squad has been broadcasting family-friendly yoga sessions from Backlot Studio. Kids are encouraged to participate and some of the lessons have included story time readings along with yoga. Tune in to the donation-based sessions Monday-Thursday at 11 a.m.
Bonnell's Restaurant Group Employee Fund
Chef Jon Bonnell's restaurants, Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine and Waters, remain open for curbside delivery with a limited staff. When purchasing orders, customers have the option to donate a tip to employees who have had to be let go via Venmo at @BRGEmployeeFund. All gratuities received will go to displaced staff.
FWFWF Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival released $100,000 of funds to assist employees of restaurants and/or bars (with food service) impacted by recent public health issues. Funds are distributed in $500 increments to employees nominated by restaurant owners or general managers. Learn more here.
Bring Love Home - Chef Tim Love
Chef Tim Love is providing free community meals (delivered curbside at 713 N. Main Street) to laid off restaurant employees and families who depend on school meals from noon to 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. daily. You can help support the program by donating or purchasing gift cards. Learn more here.
Tarrant Area Food Bank Mobile Pantry
The Tarrant Area Food Bank has deployed their Mobile Pantry to provide free, fresh and frozen groceries to those in need in Fort Worth. A single stop can serve 350 people. The Mobile Pantry schedule is available here along with information about the Senior Share program, which delivers meals to those unable to leave their home safely.
The Lunch Box Free Weekday Lunches
The Lunch Box distributes over 1,000 free meals to those in need Monday - Friday beginning at 12 p.m. The restaurant also coordinates large food orders for hospitals, firefighters and first responders. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Creative Industry Relief Fund
Musician Rachel Gollay spearheaded the original Artist Relief Fund with a goal to reach $10,000 for creatives out of work. Hear Fort Worth rallied behind her vision to extend the fundraiser, with the assistance of United Way of Tarrant County and Film Fort Worth, to support the collective creative industry of artists, filmmakers and musicians. Qualified applicants are eligible for a one-time grant of $300. Learn how to apply or donate here.
Morgan Mercantile T-Shirt Proceeds
Local merchandiser Morgan Mercantile launched several new T-Shirt designs to help locals like Heim Barbecue and the artists of the Creative Industry Fund. One hundred percent of proceeds from "Give Uh Dang Hand" sales are donated to the United Way's Creative Industry Relief Fund.
- W Durable Goods and American Canvas produced 15,000 protective cloth face masks
- Saddleback Leather Co. making gowns for health care workers on the frontlines
- Acre Distilling and TX Whiskey shifting production from whiskey to hand sanitizer
- Buffalo Bro's offering 50% off for service industry workers who have been laid off
- Amphibian Stage Productions offering free online PTS workshops to veterans and others in need
- Junior League of Fort Worth's Community Opportunities Fund provides financial assistance to organizations in need
- Tarrant Transit Alliance's Transit Operator Appreciation Project distributing face masks and encouraging notes to transit operators
- The Fort Worth Vaqueros Soccer Club distributing gift cards to local businesses to help provide short term income
- The Fort Worth Convention Center being used as a temporary homeless shelter
- Fort Worth Fire and Police Departments buying food from struggling local restaurants for unit meals
- Marriott DFW Champions Circle offering take-out meals and groceries with coupons for future stays