Houston chef creates Lucille’s 1913 to feed senior citizens

“It’s undeniably good work,” mentioned Lucille’s Executive Chef Chris Williams of non-profit Lucille’s 1913. He’s donated almost 60,000 meals throughout the pandemic.

HOUSTON — Because of this pandemic, so many households are struggling to get meals on the desk, our aged neighbors included. So a Houston chef is utilizing his expertise to create customized meals that includes recent, native components. 

This is group at its best. A vibrant, colourful, considerate act of service that’s actually adequate to eat. Each day, a workforce of 15 folks preps, cooks and packs up the meals devoted to a few of our most deserving neighbors: Seniors in sponsored housing.

“It’s really beautiful because the relationships are so familiar,” mentioned Chef Chris Williams. “We know we’re going to see each other the same time every day.”

It’s like one massive household, sharing a meal — jokes included. “It’s fun and it’s open and honest and good.”

Williams is offering certainty. That’s why he balances his Museum District restaurant, Lucille’s, with a brand new non-profit: Lucille’s 1913.

“Because who wants to name anything after this year?” Williams mentioned.

1913 is the 12 months his great-grandmother, Lucille B. Smith, started her catering enterprise in Fort Worth, Texas. She began in church buildings. Helping her neighbors. More than 100 years later, Williams is decided to do the identical.

“Well, it all started with the pandemic,” Williams mentioned. “We had a walk in full of food and a bunch of people who needed workable hours. So we immediately started donating to first responders.”

He went from feeding the frontline to feeding the aged when he realized so many senior citizens had been lower off from household and associates out of precaution in opposition to the coronavirus.

“If you don’t have access, you don’t have a kitchen in your apartment, that means a lot,” Williams mentioned. “And then to have something that’s curated and designed specifically for you, with you in mind. Like it matters.”

He’s donated almost 60,000 meals up to now. Delivering shut to 800 meals 5 days every week to a couple of half-dozen public housing areas, “which takes about $7,000 a week to do.”

You can join with Lucille’s 1913 online or by way of Instagram. Donations assist to cowl the kindness.

“I mean, every dollar counts,” mentioned Williams in an effort to draw in additional donations.

And extra Houston eating places will quickly be part of the trigger. We’re ready to serve extra of our group once we serve collectively.

“And, It’s undeniably good work,” and hand-delivered with care, Williams mentioned.


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