The Texas Restaurant Foundation has received nearly $ 400,000 in the Texas Vaccine Outreach Grant

December 17


Austin, TX (December 17, 2021) – The Texas Restaurant Foundation (TRF) is proud to receive three grants totaling over $ 394,000 from the Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Program, recently launched by the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas A&M University. The Health Science Center will increase the number of people in Texas who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit affiliate of the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) with a diverse group of community leaders across the state, the TRF is well placed to share scientific information and resources with Texans who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Restaurants anchor communities and their owners and operators serve as a trusted voice for audiences that are too often left out of public health discussions,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., President and CEO of TRF and TRA. . “We are excited to be working with the State of Texas through this grant program to reach this audience with authentic, community-led events and communications to help more Texans get vaccinated and finally end this pandemic.”

Using the mushroom and beam model, TRF will focus its efforts in three districts – Lubbock, Midland and Van Zandt. Within these regions, the TRF will host six community support and vaccination events over the next nine months to provide community members with a wide range of services, including childcare information, general health check-ups, job opportunities, ProStart-taught educational culinary sessions, and education. on vaccination. and vaccine providers. TRF will also use grant funds to produce targeted, multilingual marketing materials and community conversation podcasts.

“This grant funding will help us bring communities together for important discussions, such as the best, science-based practices we can use to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Dave Hester, TRF’s director. “Restaurants have always been a place for important conversations and we are ready to work with other community leaders to ensure that the Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Program is a great success.”

The TRA has previously hosted four vaccination events in various cities across Texas and has helped vaccinate thousands of hospitality staff in collaboration with Fertitta Entertainment, Memorial Hermann Health System, University Health System, Central Texas County Vaccine Collaborative, Methodist Health System and many more. Thanks to the Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Program, the TRF can build on the lessons learned from these events and help vaccinate not only our workforce, but also other groups that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

For more information on the Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Program, visit

David Berry

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