Jade Hammer, a partner in a program called Free Lunch, prepares food packages to be distributed to people in temporary housing as part of the Esperanza Community in Austin, Texas.
Jazz, a musician who had worked in event planning but was laid off during the pandemic, had no experience in nonprofit social service work before starting Free Lunch. But she saw a need in her community and figured, "You start where you are."
Jade packs her car with meals that will be taken to people being housed temporarily in hotels
Jade and Jazz visit the main hub for the Esperanza Community to make special delivery to a resident.
Jazz prepares Free Lunch meals in her kitchen at home.
Chelsie Kern (left) serves dinner in the Esperanza Community. The most-requested food is Frito Pie. What is the pie's secret ingredient? "Love," replies the man at right, who didn't want to be identified by name.
Jazz packs her car with food for residents who have been placed temporarily in hotels in various parts of Austin.
Jazz prepares some of the meals in her home. She is in transition to finding an off-site kitchen that would allow her to continue to store and prepare food for the Esperanza Community.