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With many businesses across the nation closing their doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, millions of Americans have now found themselves out of work for the next foreseeable future. The shut down has particularly affected workers in the hospitality industry, as nearly all bars, lounges, nightclubs, gyms and health centers, theaters, music venues, and entertainment establishments such as arcades and billiard halls have shut down. While some restaurants remain open, they are now take-out only. This huge closure of businesses has left thousands of hospitality workers suddenly out of work. Luckily, local restaurateur Ronny Killen is here to help, offering free food for hospitality workers affected by the current shutdown.

Ronnie Killen is known for the Houston-area restaurants Killen’s Steakhouse, Killen’s Barbecue, Killen’s Burgers, Killen’s TMX, and Killen’s STQ. More recently Killen has been hosting a pop-up series to promote his new restaurant in the Heights that will open later this year. Killen recently posted a message to local hospitality workers on Instagram, assuring them that things will get better – especially with free food this Saturday.

“In lieu of our regular pop-up, we will be feeding hospitality workers this Saturday!” Killen wrote in the post. “We will be giving out barbecue sandwiches and chips to all hospitality workers affected by the shut down – find us at 101 Heights Blvd. beginning at 11 AM. Please provide a paycheck stub for proof of employment. We are here for you, and we will get through this together!”

Affected hospitality workers can get free barbecue sandwiches and chips this Saturday at 11 a.m. at Killen’s, 101 Heights Boulevard. Anyone interested in free food must present a paycheck stub for proof of employment at an area hospitality business.

Outside of the hospitality business, the Houston Independent School District is partnering with the Houston Food Bank School Market program to distribute free food to families who had been dependent on schools to feed their children prior to schools shutting down. Click here for a full list of Houston ISD curbside pickup locations.