The weather is getting warmer but Austin is still working to help those in need after Winter Storm Uri left many without power or water for days.
If you are in need, these organizations and schools are helping distribute warm meals and water to the community.
- Austin Latino Coalition at St. Elmo Elementary, 600 W. St. Elmo
Free hot meals from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., while supplies last, and free meal boxes with tacos, cases of water and hygiene supplies from 3-6 p.m.
TODAY! HOY! Free HOT Meals Gratis Comidas Caliente
Monday, Feb. 22nd, 11am-6pm St. Elmo Elementary
el lunes 22 de febrero de 2021 en la Primaria St. Elmo
FREE Meal Boxes, Cases of Water, Tacos & Household/Personal Hygiene Supplies, 3-6pm
Cajas de comida, cajas de agua,3-6pm pic.twitter.com/1sX7p9sO9p
— Austin Latino Coalition (@AustinLatinoCo1) February 22, 2021
- Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square Dr.
Bottled water and meal distribution from 3-5 p.m.
- Juan Navarro Early College High School, 1200 Fairfield Drive
Starting at 10:30 a.m., Juan Navarro ECHS will have free food and water.
- Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
From 3-7 p.m., Circuit of the Americas will have free food and water distribution.
- Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St.
Tesla-sponsored food trucks
Additionally, Del Valle Community Coalition has five pop-up food trucks sponsored by Tesla located around Austin from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Shawarma Point food truck, 5106 Village Square Dr.
- Easy Tiger Bakery, 2800 Metcalfe Rd.
- Wholly Cow Burger food truck, 600 W. St. Elmo Rd.
- Taco Baby food truck, 4901 Truman Oak Cove
- BBQ Heaven food truck, 5121 Albert Brown Dr.
AISD curbside meals
33 schools in the Austin Independent School District will also provide free curbside meals for children and their caregivers from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Water distribution sites
The city of Austin also has 10 water distribution sites open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until supplies last.
- Lakeline Station, 13652 Lyndhurst Blvd.
- Walnut Creek Park, 12138 N. Lamar Blvd.
- Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Dr.
- ACC Highland Mall parking lot, 604 E. Highland Mall Blvd.
- Nelson Field, 7105 Berkman Dr.
- Zilker Park, 2301 Barton Springs Rd.
- Roy G. Guerrero Park, 400 Grove Blvd.
- ACC Pinnacle Campus, 7748 US-290
- Garrison Park, 6001 Menchaca Rd.
- Onion Creek Soccer Complex, 5600 E. William Cannon
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- San Francisco's Marufuku Ramen opens next Wednesday, October 12, in the Mueller District.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."