ABC13 Houston: Hugo’s joins Houston Shift Meal to feed restaurant workers in need

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, thousands of local restaurant workers have been laid off or furloughed. Now, Houston’s restaurant community is coming together to support their own.

Houston Shift Meal is a non-profit organization created to fund restaurants that provide free meals for hospitality workers who have lost their jobs. The volunteer group was created by publicist Jonathan Beitler and sommelier Cat Nguyen.

“It is heartbreaking to know that they don’t know where their next paycheck is going to come from and they don’t know what’s going to happen once this crisis is hopefully over,” said Beitler.

So far, Houston Shift Meal has teamed up with local restaurants including Backstreet Cafe, B.B. Italia, Hugo’s, MKT Bar, Cherry Block, El Big Bad, Field & Tides and The Phoenix to provide meals. Read More.