Cypress group supplying free food delivery to seniors, families in need

HOUSTON – Cypress is usually the home of a thriving local food scene.

Cypress Area Eats, a popular Facebook group, is keen on spotlighting soft openings and new restauranteurs.

Led by Metta Archilla-Ishida, the Facebook group brings 8,000 people together to explore local food establishments.

Since Harris County issued a stay at home order amind the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses have either limited or closed.

In response, Cypress Area Eats wanted to have a direct impact on the community. The platform has begun providing no-contact food deliveries.

"We have the elders and seniors in our community, those confined to their homes, or people in the restaurant industry who haven't been able to work," said Archilla-Ishida.

The group distributed food to six families and more than 200 people in the past two weeks.

All of the food donations come from businesses and residents, Archilla-Ishida said. Each day, volunteers stock the fridge with enough items to feed several families.

On Sunday, the group ran out of meat. Volunteers showed up with a massive cooler of meat and milk.

“These are the angels in our community,” said Archilla-Ishida. “We want to be able to provide a little sunshine, a ray of light, and hope.”