Social media group inspires local restaurateurs to raise more than $27,000 for Cy-Fair Helping Hands

Metta's Local Eats exceeded its $10,000 goal in their most recent fundraiser. (Courtesy David Postma, Genesis Photographers)
Metta's Local Eats exceeded its $10,000 goal in their most recent fundraiser. (Courtesy David Postma, Genesis Photographers)

Metta's Local Eats exceeded its $10,000 goal in their most recent fundraiser. (Courtesy David Postma, Genesis Photographers)

Cy-Fair Helping Hands, a local nonprofit that serves the homeless and the hungry, received a $27,665 donation Jan. 14 from Metta’s Local Eats, a local Facebook group that celebrates food, fellowship and giving back to the community, according to the group's founder, Metta Archilla.

Archilla and a committee of five others oversaw the Metta’s Local Eats Dine Out for Charity fundraiser from October-December with the goal of raising $10,000 across the 42 local restaurants, cottage bakers and other businesses that participated in the cause.

Local eateries selected featured menu items and donated every time that item was ordered over the course of three months. Businesses that raised the most funds received awards in the following categories.

Overall

  • First place: Duck N Bao

  • Second place: Andy’s Kitchen

  • Third place: Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee & Bakery


Artisan bakeries


  • First place: Jersey Bagels

  • Second place: Cake Fine Pastry

  • Third place: Alchemy Bake Lab


Most sponsors acquired


  • Andy’s Kitchen


Multiple locations


  • The Union Kitchen - Boardwalk Towne Lake

  • The Union Kitchen - Katy


Cy-Fair Helping Hands operates out of a shopping center on Cherry Park Drive, but Executive Director Patricia Hudson said she hopes to expand in the future. Once the nonprofit raises enough funds to purchase land, officials will move forward on a day center, which would host classes, a health clinic, a food pantry and other services for the community, she said.

Services at Cy-Fair Helping Hands are especially needed during the pandemic: About 70 families pass through the drive-thru distribution line every time it is open, Hudson said. As of mid-January, the organization was funding emergency housing for 23 individuals across five families, and Hudson said the number of requests for housing assistance has increased in recent months.


“So many families are people who are not used to coming to the food lines, who have never asked for help and have usually been on the other end where they’re donating, but both of them have lost their jobs,” Hudson said. “We’re a beacon of hope. We try to provide encouragement.”

Hudson said provisions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be cut in half this year, and the organization depends on support from local residents and groups, such as Metta’s Local Eats, to continue serving those in need.

Archilla said she and her team are planning a bigger and better fundraiser for April through June.

“We talked with most of the owners already, and we are at about a 90% return participation rate,” Archilla said. “Metta’s Local Eats Dine Out for Charity plans on doing this in the second and fourth quarter every year. We are at a recognition level in the community where we have restaurants coming to us and asking [how to] be a part of this.”
By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


MOST RECENT

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what lead to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

Emerging technology and alternative energy sectors could help ease the blow of an oil and gas industry downturn in Houston caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Houston-area economist said. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Greater Houston area could see economic relief from pandemic around mid-2021, economist says

Emerging technology and alternative-energy sectors could help ease the blow of the downturn in Houston's oil and gas industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harris County continues to report more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cy-Fair area. (Community Impact staff)
Cy-Fair surpasses 50,000 total confirmed COVID-19 cases since start of pandemic

Although Cy-Fair has reported more than 50,000 cases of the coronavirus as of this week, active cases in the community have been on the decline since the start of the month.

Most of the electric grid in Texas is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is not linked to other national interconnected systems. (Courtesy Electric Reliability Council of Texas)
Harris County to begin exploring alternatives to Texas power grid at Feb. 26 meeting

Following the winter storm-induced statewide power outages last week that left thousands of Harris County residents without heat amid freezing temperatures, the Harris County Commissioners Court will begin exploring what it would take for Harris County to leave the state's power grid at its Feb. 26 meeting.

Following a yearlong hiatus due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown officials are planning to reopen the Spring water park for the 2021 season May 1. (Courtesy Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown)
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown targets May 1 opening

2021 also marks the 60th anniversary of Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

Widespread power outages affected millions statewide during Winter Storm Uri. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here’s how northwest Houston legislators have responded to widespread winter storm power outages

Local leaders have spoken out about what they believe went wrong and how they plan to prevent similar disasters in the future.

The Little Woodrow's Tomball location offers a full bar with Texas craft beers from Houston breweries such as Karbach Brewing Co. and Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (Courtesy Little Woodrow's)
Little Woodrow's bar and grill now open in Tomball

In addition to a full bar, the location offers daily drink specials, food items and an outdoor patio.

Applications for up to $250 in assistance will be available until Feb. 26. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College System announces financial aid for students, faculty affected by winter storm

Applications for financial assistance will be accepted until Feb. 26.

Restoration crews at Swenke Elementary School work to clean up water from the floors following freezing temperatures this week that caused pipe damage to campuses. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Cy-Fair ISD officials: Winter storm caused $5M-$6M in damages

A total of 62 campuses and 12 support facilities had damages ranging from minor leaks to flooding due to burst water lines, officials said.

The Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex has been in business since 1995. Winter Storm Uri nearly caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. (Courtesy Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex)
Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex reopens after narrowly avoiding storm-induced disaster

The Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex in northwest Houston was not spared by Winter Storm Uri, but a combination of quick action, luck and camaraderie within the Houston ice rink community prevented what officials said could have been a much more serious setback.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo
FEMA to administer 126,000 COVID-19 vaccinations at NRG Stadium

The site is one of four FEMA-led vaccination hubs in the country.