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Houston Veteran Fights Hunger Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
How a Cambodian-born US Marine Continues to Serve His Community
HOUSTON, Texas -May 5, 2020- Houston families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic receive a fulfilling meal thanks to a Marine veteran and restaurant owner named Naro Mak. Mr. Mak recognized a need during the mass layoffs and decided to create “Feeding Families Fridays”. Every Friday Naro prepares food at his restaurant then recruits volunteer drivers to deliver hot meals to families throughout greater Houston. A mission he started in 2017 as a response to Hurricane Harvey, he continues to help those less fortunate especially during times of crisis. “It’s something I can do” states Mr. Mak “I’m in a position now that I can [and] it is the right thing to do”. Approximately fifteen to twenty meals are delivered to families each Friday with the help of the Easter Seals of Greater Houston and St Vincent De Paul. Partnering with the Lady Lions of Houston, Mr. Mak also donates his food services to Memorial Hermann hospitals, and various fire houses throughout Houston.
Owner to Hartz Krispy Chicken on Pinemont, Naro Mak has not always been a successful entrepreneur or a philanthropist. He arrived to the United States as a refugee from Cambodia at the age of 4 and grew up in Stockton, California. He joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen where he served 4 years as an infantryman. He credits his philanthropic ways to his upbringing: “I came to this country with nothing, collecting cans, picking cucumbers, tomatoes and asparagus. This country has given my family everything” says Mak “For me to stand-by [during this pandemic] is not fair, that is not understanding blessings”.
To ensure continuing operations, monetary donations and volunteer drivers are always in need. You can donate by searching “Marine Feeds Houston Families During Crisis” on gofundme.com or become a volunteer delivery driver by calling (713) 681-8050.
About Hartz Krispy Chicken on Pinemont
Hartz Krispy Chicken on Pinemont is located at 1215 Pinemont Dr. Houston Tx, 77018.
Current hours of operation are M-F 10:30am-8:00pm and Sat/Sun 11:00am-8:00pm.