Little Fort Worth grocery store has big heart with giveaways amid coronavirus pandemic

April 1,2020

See Fort Worth Star-Telegram article by Domingo Ramirez, Jr. here.

For some time, the line of cars and trucks at Neighbor’s House Grocery in downtown Fort Worth was steady on Tuesday afternoon.

After all, grocer Kyle Cowan, his wife and volunteers were giving away bags of groceries to families in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Not one bag or two, but five bags.

Cowan was hoping to pass out enough bags to feed 100 families.

This from the little grocery store in downtown Fort Worth which just opened six months ago.

The small grocery store at 500 W. 7th St. is open for business, but it had to close its restaurant about two weeks ago.

And that’s when the grocery store began its campaign to help Fort Worth and Tarrant County residents.

Workers and volunteers at Neighbor’s House Grocery passed out 300 lunches valued at $40 each to residents.

Last week, they passed out about 200 dinners.

After getting the word out about their grocery giveaway, they provided curbside service and handed out groceries valued at about $150 for the five bags.

Residents called in to reserve their spots, and Cowan stood on a sidewalk Tuesday afternoon checking off the names of people receiving their groceries.

“This is awesome,” said Valencia Simmons of Fort Worth on Tuesday afternoon as she waited for workers and volunteers to load her car with groceries.

Simmons said a friend had told her about the giveaway.

“I have been out just a few times,” Simmons said. “This way I don’t get out of my car.”

Simmons was so grateful to Neighbor’s House Grocery that she even asked if they needed volunteers.

On Tuesday, she wasn’t needed, but they thanked her over and over again.

“We know everyone is suffering the same unfortunate circumstances,” Cowan said. “We just wanted to be able to give back to our community.”

Location Mentioned: Neighbor's House Grocery