Houston Grub Park to offer free meals for those spending the holidays alone

While the holidays are full of cheer with family and loved ones for some, it isn’t always the happiest time for others who spend it alone. 

But this year, the Houston Grub Park along with a few small, Black-owned businesses, are hoping to change that with its first annual “Christmas at the Park” by offering free meals and desserts to Houstonians isolated during the holidays. 

The idea is the brainchild of Max Bozeman II, who owns The Greasy Spoon Soul Food Bistro, according to Houston Grub Park and the Black Service Chamber director, Christopher Bush. 

“He wanted to create an event for Thanksgiving where those spending the holiday alone would have somewhere to go and get a hot meal,” Bush said in a release. “Unfortunately, the weather did not allow to proceed with the event. Hosting it on Christmas was the next best thing.”

Houston Grub Park, located at 1615 S Loop W (across from NRG Stadium) is the city’s largest food truck park.  Every week it hosts more than 15 different Black-owned food trucks Thursday through Sunday.

This event, held on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., aims to provide a place of community for people to gather, eat, and enjoy. Each guest will receive one free meal ticket and one free dessert ticket to redeem at the vendor of their choice. Regular menu items will be available for purchase. Organizers encourage guests to wear masks when not eating in accordance with COVID protocols.

Bozeman’s “The Greasy Spoon” is among 10 vendors participating, along with Barnes Treats, Chitalian Pizzeria, GFE Boil Bar, Krack Kitchen, Mary Ellen’s Kitchen, My Granny’s Food Truck, OMG Baked Potatoes, Saucy Nosh, The Peach Cobbler Lady andTrap Kitchen Hibachi. Each vendor will provide a unique meal offering from their specialty cuisine.

“To whom much is given, much is required. And we’ve been truly blessed by the city and beyond,” Bozeman said. “Not only is it our duty to do our best to take care of our people, it’s a privilege. No family left behind. No mother, no father, no child. Thank you for supporting us, as well as the opportunity to serve you during this holiday season.”