Governor Greg Abbott has issued waivers suspending certain regulations to help facilitate the preparation and delivery of food for Texans in the aftermath of power and water outages caused by the severe winter weather. Under these waivers, individuals and groups will be allowed to use unlicensed kitchens to prepare meals to donate to Texans so long as they follow the Department of State Health Services’ guidance on food safety.
“As the State of Texas responds to this emergency, we are using all the tools at our disposal to ensure Texans have the resources they need,” said Governor Abbott. “Temporarily suspending these regulations will allow Texans to prepare and donate meals to help ensure that families have the food they need to support their families.”
Jason Parish, a volunteer with the Austin Disaster Relief Network, delivers water to a woman in Austin. (Getty Images)