La Tiendita opens in southeast Houston to address food insecurity

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The pandemic has added another challenge to the lives of many Houstonians — food insecurity. More than a quarter of a million people in the city do not have access to healthy and affordable fresh food.

The Tejano Center in southeast Houston serves underserved communities in Harris County. The non-profit organization held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of “La Tiendita,” or the “Small Market,” to begin to fill the gap in food insecurity in the community.

The center says one in four children doesn’t know when their next meal is coming.

La Tiendita is stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and breads thanks to the Houston Food Bank and other local grocers.

The center says La Tiendita will not only address food insecurity issues in her community, but also educate and empower families about the importance of good nutrition and food choices.

“La Tiendita is so much more than just food,” said one woman in attendance. “It’s about improving and changing lives.”

The shop is only open by appointment.

Ariana Tamez of the Tejano Center says families currently enrolled in the center’s programs can use the store by appointment. However, she says the store is open to the entire community.

In addition to business, the staff will offer educational and job development service programs.

“We can help you get back on your feet. help you search for your resume. Help them look for a job,” says Tamez. “We can help you find personal development opportunities. More than anything, we will help you and your family get healthy!”

Programs like this helped mother-of-three Lizette Moreno as she struggled to support her family.

“They have partnerships with case management, which we have also leveraged and needed,” she said.

Moreno says this will not only be a resource for families to access the fresh food needed to survive and thrive, but will also equip them with the education families need to become self-sufficient.

“I feel great to be a part of it and to be here today to see how the community is growing and what services are on offer.”

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