WEST, Texas (KXAN) - The H-E-B mobile kitchen rolls up during disasters across the state and goes to work fast, and that means they were hard at work early on a cold Friday morning in the small agricultural town devastated by the deadly fertilizer plant explosion.
The kitchen is stationed at the West Community Center, where they are working to cook and sleep out of their trucks.
The mobile kitchen is a Texas company with around 10 Texas volunteers, who usually help to feed people after situations such as wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes.
"We just felt obligated, and as our commitment to fighting disasters throughout the state, to be able to be here to support the community of West," said Danny Flores with the H-E-B mobile kitchen. "Disasters are different, so we're able to kind of roll in and assess and work with the state and the city officials and be able to kind of see where we're best needed."
The effort was much appreciated.
"It's tremendous," said Ray Rosales. "Everybody's wonderful. It's just been amazing."
Some 2,200 plates are made in an hour alone, and there will be breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast on Friday goes until 10 a.m.
"The first thing is, like I said, giving back to the community," said Flores.
The volunteers will be cooking all day and all weekend for first responders, volunteers and the entire West community.
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