Feeding Flood Victims & Volunteers {Easy Recipes & Helpful Tips}

Whether it’s getting our hands dirty and demoing houses or doing loads of laundry to help salvage clothes, we can all help folks devastated by Harvey in some way. As a mom of two young children, I don’t always have the ability to get out and volunteer in the ways I would have before children. Instead, I have found that the best way I can lend support is through providing meals. In the last week, I have fed first responders, Red Cross volunteers, and friends and neighbors working in flooded houses.  If you are looking to serve the community with the gift of food, here are a few homemade ideas that are easy to mass produce. And don’t forget… When making your plan, think about preparing foods that are easy to serve and don’t require heating, since many are without functioning kitchens!


Barbeque & Sides

Hawaiian Slider Rolls
{You can bake and then wrap in foil so they stay warm; I usually forgo the poppy seeds!}

Pigs in a Blanket

Pepperoni Roll Ups

Sausage Cheese Balls

Pizza Sticks
{Wrap these in foil or place in a hot/cold bag.}

Parmesan Chex Mix

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
{Secret Tip :: Bake 10 minutes for a soft & chewy cookie.}

Granola Bites

Snickerdoodle Blondies
{Great for breakfast or snacking throughout the day.}

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake


Before you head out to start delivering the food, here’s a few things to keep in mind too…

  • Portion out cookies and snacks into individual servings.  This will make grab and go eating a bit easier, and it will also ensure dirty hands aren’t touching all the food.
  • Speaking of which… Throw in a bottle of hand sanitizer with your delivery.  They might not have access to running water, so this will allow everyone to do a quick clean before diving in.
  • Label homemade food so that folks don’t have to guess what the item is.  Be sure to include any allergen information as well.
  • Don’t forget drinks!  Chances are they have a lot of water, so consider picking up a gallon of lemonade or tea to go with the meal.
  • Include paper goods and any necessary utensils in your delivery. And bring along a trash bag for disposing of the trash too!
  • Last, but certainly not least, get your kiddos involved.  This is such a powerful time to teach our youngest Houstonians about giving back, helping our neighbors, and uniting as a community.

We are sending our thoughts and prayers to all of our Houston family affected by Harvey. Aside from cooking, here are some other ways you can help during this time as well.

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Brittney F
Originally from Louisiana, Brittney has called Houston home for nearly all her life. Brittney graduated from Houston Baptist University where she was a member of Phi Mu and a four-year cheerleader. It didn’t take long after graduation for her to meet her husband Jeremy on the sand volleyball courts at Memorial Park. She jokes that when marrying Jeremy, she also married LSU because she tied the knot with the most passionate Tiger football fan. Many weekends in the fall, they can be found in the shadows of Tiger Stadium at their big family tailgating party. Brittney has a Master's Degree from LSU and works in secondary education as an administrator and a cheerleading coach. Brittney and Jeremy have three boys, Connor {Nov 2012}, Parker {Nov 2014}, and Ryan {May 2018}. Brittney is a big baby-making, food allergy fighting, NICU surviving mom. Though she grew up surrounded by hairbows, pom poms, and lots of pink, Brittney now embraces being a boy mom. She loves raising her three boys and learning all about superheroes, baseball, and the pain of stepping on a lego when barefoot. In her kid-free time she enjoys working on craft projects, getting lost in a good book, and watching Grey's Anatomy.


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