Rice Village restaurants surpass 5,500-plus meals for area shelters

Houston Chronicle

Shopping destination seeks support from other restaurants

Having partnered with its restaurants to deliver more than 5,500 meals to local shelters and organizations in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Rice Village District is now putting out the call for other Houston-area restaurants to get involved.

A mainstay in Houston’s retail scene, Rice Village is accepting meal donations (either buffet style, chilled for pickup or boxed) from Houston-area restaurants for delivery to Second Servings and other organizations with needs for prepared meals.

“Restaurants just need to prepare the meals and we’ll make arrangements for pick up and delivery to those with the most immediate need,” says Jencey Keeton, director of corporate marketing for Trademark Property which manages Rice Village retail space within the area bordered by Kirby Drive, Morningside Drive, Rice Boulevard and University Boulevard.

Houston-area restaurants interested in donating meals or partnering with Rice Village District can contact Jencey Keeton at More information also can be found at

Since the recovery efforts started, Jason’s Deli, in partnership with Rice Village District, has delivered 2,700 meals to MD Anderson, Memorial Hermann and volunteers at Toyota Center and 2,100 meals to KIPP Houston and Connect Community. Rice Village restaurants Gorgeous Gael and El Meson donated over 250 meals to Second Servings; D’Amico’s Italian Market Café, in partnership with Rice Village District, provided 150 meals to the organization; and Torchy’s Tacos prepared 1,000 tacos for patients and staff at MD Anderson.

Rice Village District and LaMesa, another prominent operator of retail properties in Rice Village, also coordinated dinner for 70 West University Place police offers, fire fighters, EMT personnel and city workers.

In the days ahead, Rice Village District will also coordinate the delivery of meals from the OhMyGogi! food truck to temporary schools at Connect Community.

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