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This Texas restaurant is offering free meals to those in need. Again

February 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Restaurant owner Vira Chudasma is providing free meals to Texans struggling during the deadly winter storm. She did the same last April at the height of the pandemic.

(CNN)A restaurant owner in Texas is offering free meals to people in need, no questions asked.

Vira Chudasma, owner of Italian restaurant La Riv in Temple, Texas, said that when people started hoarding groceries at the start of the pandemic, she knew she had to do something to help her community.

Chudasma, who immigrated from India over two decades ago, posted on the restaurant's Facebook page in early April letting her followers know that if they were struggling to find their next meal, they could place up to two orders at La Riv at no cost.

Chudasma says she was shocked to learn just how many people in her community were struggling.

Almost one year later, Chudasma is once again offering free meals as Texans continue to struggle with the effects of a deadly winter storm that still has nearly 20,000 customers in the Lone Star state without power, as of Tuesday evening.

"Can you or anyone you know benefit from a free pasta meal?" Chudasma wrote in a Facebook post this week.

The 42-year-old mother says she is able to provide free meals thanks to the "silent donors" in her community who have continued to support her efforts throughout the pandemic.

"What I've realized from all this is that I shouldn't be waiting for a catastrophic event to offer free food to people," Chudasma said.

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