GALLERY: Katy-area small businesses give back to community during coronavirus pandemic

Astor Farm to Table will have donated over 1,200 meals in four weeks to local health care providers and first responders. (Courtesy Casey Castro)
Astor Farm to Table will have donated over 1,200 meals in four weeks to local health care providers and first responders. (Courtesy Casey Castro)

Astor Farm to Table will have donated over 1,200 meals in four weeks to local health care providers and first responders. (Courtesy Casey Castro)

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MOD Pizza donated at least 40 boxes of pizza to Friends of Sundown. (Courtesy Friends of Sundown)
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Great Harvest Bread Co. donated sweet rolls and bread to Friends of Sundown. (Courtesy Friends of Sundown)
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Blockhouse Coffee & Kitchen donated milk, eggs and produce to Friends of Sundown. (Courtesy Friends of Sundown)
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CBD American Shaman has put together donations of sanitizing cleansing wash to local first responders. (Courtesy CBD American Shaman)
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Toasted Yolk employees prepare trays of free breakfast tacos for local health care workers at two Memorial Hermann locations in the Katy area. (Courtesy Toasted Tolk)
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MKT Distillery co-owner Nici Jessett hands two free bottles of sanitizer to a local resident April 4. The business has given away more than 1,850 bottles of sanitizer over two weekends in April and donated at least 300 gallons of sanitizer to local organizations, first responders and businesses in need. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Although many local businesses are struggling during the stay-at-home orders related to the coronavirus pandemic, many are still giving back to help the community. Here are a few restaurants, stores and local companies that are helping out.

Is there a business we missed that is giving back? Send us an email at or call 512-989-6808.

Astor Farm to Table at 1520 S. Mason Road, Ste. A, Katy, has been preparing hundreds of meals for health care workers and first responders in the Katy area, owner Casey Castro said. He estimates the business will have donated over 1,200 meals over four weeks. Each meal costs between $8-$12, and he has asked the community for donations to help his business continue this service. The Facebook fundraiser has raised $2,135 and the GoFundMe campaign has raised $1,680 as of 8:25 a.m. April 16. Both campaigns have a $10,000 fundraising goal. 832-913-6465.

CBD American Shaman at 24811 Katy Freeway, Ste. 400, Katy, has put together donations of sanitizing cleansing wash for local first responders and Katy-area assisted-living facilities and retirement homes, store owner Brian K. Adams said. Additionally, the cleanser is available for free with a customer purchase or $3 each. 832-437-7712.

FireDisc at 16840 Barker Springs, Ste., C300, Houston, is donating new propane cookers for outdoor cooking to 13 fire departments in the Katy area and the Cypress-Fairbanks area between April 16-21, according to a press release. These portable outdoor cookers range from $279.99-$349.99. 281-206-2678.

Great Harvest Bread Co. at 1623 S. Fry Road, Katy, donated sweet rolls and bread while Blockhouse Coffee & Kitchen—which has a location at 9910 Gaston Road, Ste. 170, Katy—donated milk, eggs and produce to Friends of Sundown, a local chapter of Attack on Poverty, which distributes food to families in need. MOD Pizza—which has two locations in the Katy area at 5102 FM 1463, Ste. 800, Katy, and 6825 S. Fry Road, Ste. 1100, Katy—also donated at least 40 boxes of pizza to the nonprofit. 281-578-3097 (Great Harvest). 281-766-4866 (Blockhouse Coffee). 832-437-5524 (MOD Pizza on Fry Road). 346-707-8154 (MOD Pizza on FM 1463).

Kosmos Coffee inside Fellowship Church at 22765 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, is offering a free cup of hot or iced coffee to residents who are in an essential workforce category. Its new hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon. 281-395-4001.

Adam Syed, a co-owner of Katy Vibes: Real Food, Real Entertainment, said he is working to create a fundraising event in which musicians can livestream performances as viewers donate money for restaurants to cook meals for health care workers. No date has been set as of April 15 because Syed is looking for additional restaurant and businesses to partner with Katy Vibes—which is located at at 24757 Katy Freeway, Katy—on the event. 832-437-2807.

Maika’i Hawaiian BBQ at 1251 Pin Oak Road, Ste. 109, Katy, is offering free lunches to children every day between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The lunch includes a small barbecue chicken dish, which can be picked up for takeout. 832-913-6466.

The Glaser Group McDonald’s locations are offering free meals to on-duty police officers and hospital staff with an ID through the coronavirus pandemic, The Glaser Group spokesperson Amanda Pearson said. Additionally, during the month of April, teachers can receive a free breakfast sandwich so long as they bring their school ID. The Glazer Group McDonald's also provided free cookies to the Mark A. Chapman YMCA at Katy Main Street and free meals to families in need. Katy-area locations include 22148 Westheimer Parkway, 22914 Morton Ranch Road, 25647 Westheimer Parkway; 7104 S. Fry Road; 27140 Cinco Ranch Blvd.; and 6748 FM 1463.

MKT Distillery at 5373 First St, Katy, is offering free hand sanitizer via drive-thru on Saturdays to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, it has donated at least 300 gallons of sanitizer to local organizations, first responders and businesses. 833-658-1870.

Toasted Yolk at 98 W. Grand Parkway S., Ste. 100, Katy, is preparing trays of free breakfast tacos for local health care workers at two Memorial Hermann locations in the Katy area, said Cyril Thomas, the CEO of Arista Groups, which owns the restaurant. He estimates each tray delivered is an approximate $150 donation. 281-968-0883.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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