Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD Foundation and Adidas are teaming up with Houston’s Bread of Life to help those who have been affected by the deadly winter storms in Texas and nearby states. According to a press release, people who are in need of immediate financial assistance — up to $1,000 — are asked to apply to their Disaster Relief Assistance Application Form.
The extremely cold weather left millions of people without electricity in their homes for days. On Thursday morning (Feb. 18), the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which controls the state’s power grid, said they have made “significant progress” restoring power overnight and power is down for fewer than 420,000 Texas customers.
The state is now facing a food and water crisis. Photos surfaced on social media showing grocery stores in Texas with bare shelves and long lines of people waiting to get in. Some residents had to place their frozen food items in the snow to keep them from going bad.
“It was out of meat, eggs and almost all milk before I left,” Cristal Porter, an Austin resident, said about her grocery store visit on Monday (Feb. 15). “Lines were wrapped around the store when we arrived. … Shelves were almost fully cleared for potatoes, meat, eggs and some dairy.”
Additionally, the state is under a boil-water advisory until further notice. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised residents to boil any water that they planned to consume, even if it’s filtered. Only boiled or bottled water should be used.
“The message though is, number one, the power is fragile because of the impacts throughout, and number two, we now have water issues,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo told CNN. “Hospitals have issues. We have water pressure issues. We’re all on boil-water notices and folks are having trouble accessing food.”