Local restaurant serves up 700 meals to tornado survivors

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Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 03/29/2022, 4:05 PM
Edited: 03/29/2022, 4:07 PM

(AUSTIN, Texas) It’s been a week since a tornado outbreak tore through more than 30 communities in Texas and Oklahoma, killing a woman in Grayson County, Texas, and injuring 51 others. 

Round Rock, Texas, is one of the communities that were hit. 

“When I saw what had happened with the tornado, I reached out to the team and we organized an effort to help people as best we could,” Josh Zweifler told VNN. 

Zweifler owns and operates The Chefs Cave in nearby Austin. 

He said his team prepared and distributed 700 meals in two days in partnership with local organization RunnerCity.

“RunnerCity has an amazing central team of people that are very dedicated to helping their community,” Zweifler said. “And luckily for me, I was accepted into this group during the freeze this past winter when I volunteered to help cook meals for the homeless.” 

We’re told more than 350 houses were badly damaged or destroyed in Round Rock during the March 21 storms. 

So, Zweifler took his helping hands to the streets. 

“We ended up salvaging eight houses,”  Zweifler said. “And we rented 13 storage units to store all the stuff from those houses for free for the people who owned the stuff.” 

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