Some lack running water. Some don’t have enough food. Many face pricey home repairs to fix broken pipes and water damage.
For those on fixed incomes, or already struggling to make ends meet, these challenges are devastating. But this week in Houston, one group provided its unique brand of support: free, hot BBQ meals.
Hays, a 2017 CNN Hero and competitive BBQ pitmaster, helped start the group to feed people impacted by the Joplin, Missouri, tornado in 2011. Since then, the organization has deployed to dozens of disasters in 30 states — including Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
But the devastation from last week’s winter storm is different than what the group usually encounters.
“You can’t see the death