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‘It was time to give back’

Tienda Y Taqueria Guerrero gives groceries to those affected by COVID-19

As some area residents continue to deal with unemployment and financial hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic, another local business has stepped up to help.

On Thursday morning and afternoon, Tienda Y Taqueria Guerrero, located at 301 Fourth Ave. NE near the Austin Public Library, handed out bags of groceries to those that lost their jobs or were struggling financially because of the coronavirus.

“We really saw that people were struggling and we said it was time for us to step up and help the community because they are always supporting us and it was time to give back,” said Evelyn Serrano, whose parents, Custodio and Georgina Serrano, own the combination Mexican grocery store and restaurant.

Those in need were given a whole chicken, rice, beans, a tomato, an onion, tortillas, pasta and pastry as a means to make multiple meals. To be fair, individuals were asked to give their names so the Serranos knew who had and had not received groceries.

The food was distributed in the parking lot to help maintain social distancing.

Serrano said that it has not been decided if they would do this again, but it could be a possibility.

“We want to thank the community,” she said. “It’s been 15 years since we’ve opened the store and we’re so thankful they’ve been supportive of us.”

“We’re all in this together and Austin will always be home,” she added.

Tienda Y Taqueria Guerrero can be reached at 507-437-4106.