From Easy Tiger baking 10,000 loaves of bread to Austin’s Couch Potatoes making masks: Here’s how local businesses are chipping in to help their communities

Easy Tiger is looking to bake 10,000 loaves of bread for those in need locally over the next 60 days. (Courtesy Easy Tiger)
Easy Tiger is looking to bake 10,000 loaves of bread for those in need locally over the next 60 days. (Courtesy Easy Tiger)

Easy Tiger is looking to bake 10,000 loaves of bread for those in need locally over the next 60 days. (Courtesy Easy Tiger)

Every month in Community Impact Newspaper, we feature a section called “impacts” highlighting businesses opening, coming soon, celebrating anniversaries, relocating or closing.

This month, that section will look a little different. City orders to encourage social distancing, slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect residents have dealt a blow to the local economy.

Some local businesses have started new efforts to keep their neighbors healthy and help those in need. We are highlighting some of those efforts, but there are surely more in the community. If you know of a local business that is working to help the community get through this dark time, please send us an email at ctanews@communityimpact.com.



1. The Austin Community Foundation, located at 4315 Guadalupe St., Ste. 300, Austin, and United Way for Greater Austin, located at 2000 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., have partnered to create All Together ATX, a fund that will help nonprofit organizations who are working with those impacted by the economic and health ramifications of the coronavirus. Applications are open through April 17. In addition, ACF has raised money for the artists, service industry workers and hospitality employees affected by the cancellation of the South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals. The Stand With Austin Fund is currently accepting requests for proposals through April 17. www.austincf.org. www.unitedwayaustin.org


2. Furniture store Austin’s Couch Potatoes, which has a location at 7521 N. Lamar Boulevard, stopped furniture production on March 20 to focus on creating masks and gowns to cover shortages due to the spread of the coronavirus. The store used materials that would have made pillow-casing shells, and after city approval, those masks and gowns were sent to local health care providers. 512-501-6716. www.austincouches.com

3. The Boys and Girls Club of the Austin Area, 6648 Ed Bluestein Blvd., Austin, is offering “club on the go” kits to families curbside with snacks, supplies for activities, resource lists and more at eight locations across the city, including its home club. The club is accepting donations to fund the kits while the doors are shuttered, and philanthropists Brian and Adria Sheth have pledged to match funds dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000. 512-444-7199. www.bgcaustin.org

4. Easy Tiger, which is open for delivery and take-out at 6406 N. I-35, Austin, will embark on an effort to bake 10,000 loaves of bread to charitable organizations that are working to help those impacted by the coronavirus. The beer garden and bakery plans to deliver those loaves over the next 60 days. Easy Tiger will match every loaf of bread purchased in a take-out or delivery order with a loaf for the community—up to 2,000 loaves—and residents can also donate a “community loaf” for $3. 512-494-4151. www.easytigerusa.com

5. Tiff’s Treats, which has ten locations in the Austin area, including one at 1235 E. 51st St., has added warm meals and cases of waters to its delivery options, in addition to remaining open for its warm cookie pick-up and delivery service. The warm meals come from various restaurant partners in the area, while the cases of water are from FBR Management and were previously designated for Austin’s spring festival season. 512-813-7100. www.tiffstreats.com

6. Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which has a brick-and-mortar apparel store at 215 Lavaca St., Austin, donated $2 million to national efforts that are helping those affected by the coronavirus. That donation includes $100,000 to the Austin Community Foundation’s Stand With Austin fund. In addition, Tito’s is producing 24 tons of hand sanitizer over the next several weeks to give away to those in need. www.titosvodka.com

7. Tso Chinese Delivery, which has a kitchen at 3909 N. I-35, Ste. E5, Austin, has launched a “Tso Giving” campaign to help anyone in need with a free meal. In the first 24 hours of the campaign March 17-18, the campaign donated over $2,000 in meals to Austinites, and on March 24 Tso offered free meals to service industry workers in need. The Chinese food delivery company remains open for business. To learn more about the campaign email tsogiving@tsodelivery.com. 512-774-4876. www.tsodelivery.com

8. YMCA of Austin is offering child care for children of healthcare workers, first responders and all other essential workers at two locations, including its East Communities location at 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd. Care is available for children ages 3-12. Children are required to bring a lunch and the cost is $50 per day. YMCA staff will be taking additional protective measures to ensure safety during this time. 512-933-9622. www.austinymca.org

Some local restaurants, in addition to remaining open for takeout and delivery, are cooking community meals for service industry workers and others in need.

9. Lonesome Dove, located at 419 Colorado St., Austin, is offering a to-go menu from 5-8 p.m. from Monday through Saturday. Proceeds go to fund its community meal for those in need, which is served from 4-6 p.m. from Monday through Friday. 512-271-2474. www.lonesomedoveaustin.com

10. Old Thousand, located at 1000 E. 11th St., Austin, is cooking 20 family meals per day for those in the service industry. If spots fill up, the team will roll over a request to the next day. The Chinese spot remains open for delivery and take-out. 737-222-6637. www.oldthousandatx.com

11. Patrizi’s, located at 2307 Manor Road, Austin, is cooking community meals at Vic and Al’s, located across the street in the space that used to be Unit D Pizzeria. Nic Patrizi, the owner of the Italian food truck, had planned to open Vic and Al’s this spring, but with those plans on hold, decided to cook meals from that space for those in need. Check Vic and Al’s Instagram page for more. www.instagram.com/vicandals
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


MOST RECENT

electric grid
ERCOT board developing new emergency response measures, managing financial fallout from winter storm

An emergency meeting of an ERCOT advisory committee made up of independent advisers was convened March 5 after the resignations of several board and of ERCOT CEO Bill Magness. 

I-35 at US 183 flyover construction
Lane closures planned on I-35, US 183 in North Austin beginning this weekend

Lane closures on I-35 are planned in North Austin beginning March 7.

Cars wait their turn for a vaccine dose at the Texas Motor Speedway on Feb. 2. The hub was hosted by Denton County Public Health. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Texas doctor discusses first 3 months of vaccine distribution process

Texas is in its 12th week of statewide vaccine distribution, and an expansion of eligibility for vaccination could come later this spring.

Snow covers crops at Johnson's Backyard Garden in Austin. (Courtesy Johnson’s Backyard Garden)
Central Texas farmers are reeling after the winter freeze wiped out their crops. Here is how you can help

"Even though farmers prepared, I think people didn't anticipate how much damage would come," said Leigh'Ann Andrews of Billie and Jean's Farm in Kyle.

For a third consecutive semester, Texas public school districts will not be penalized financially due to declining enrollment and attendance as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, due to an extension of the hold-harmless guarantee, state leaders announced March 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas leaders ensure financial stability for public school districts through spring semester with hold-harmless extension

The guarantee also ensures that Texas school systems can retain their teachers for the 2020-21 school year for whom they originally budgeted.

Winter Storm Uri caused restaurants across Austin to close due to power outages and unsafe road conditions. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Energy GM Jacqueline Sargent resigns from ERCOT's board of directors in wake of winter storms

Sargent's departure follows a trend of resignations from the agency that oversees Texas' power system.

Central Texas Food Bank
Central Texas Food Bank announces distribution sites in March following winter storm

The Central Texas Food Bank is holding food distribution events throughout March for local residents experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lingering effects from damage caused by Winter Storm Uri.

Austin Marriott Downtown opens March 4. (Courtesy Austin Marriott Downtown)
31-story Austin Marriott Downtown opens March 4

The new hotel includes The Lobbyist, a two-story cocktail bar and Corinne Restaurant, a neighborhood dining and cocktail spot with an outdoor patio.

Courtney Manuel (center), I Live Here I Give Here executive director, and and board chair Kathy Smith-Willman (right) stand with Edward B. Burger, St. David's Foundation executive director, during Amplify Austin Day 2020. (Courtesy Trent Lee Photography)
Here's how to support Central Texas nonprofits during ninth annual Amplify Austin Day on March 4-5

The annual 24-hour giving campaign will begin at 6 p.m. on March 4.