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Food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries in Texas

Brazos Food Bank
Bryan, TX 77803
Details: A central distribution site in the Brazos Valley that unites food donors, volunteers and hunger-relief agencies, the Brazos Valley Food Bank reclaims, then distributes surplus food to local partners - nonprofit organizations and church sponsored pantries - that, in turn, bring nourishment and hope to our neighbors in need. The Brazos Valley Food Bank has been the "hub" of an anti-hunger relief network of over 40 different agencies that feed the hungry throughout the Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison, Robertson and Washington Counties. In 1985, we distributed 50,000 pounds of food. We project this year's distribution to top 4 million pounds.
Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc.
Austin, TX 78745
Details: In 1981, a small group of concerned Austinites from the United Urban Council (the predecessor of today's Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT)) and individuals from several community organizations formed the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc. They recognized the need for emergency food assistance as well as the availability of surplus food from various food companies and grocery stores that might otherwise go to waste. In March 1982, CAFB was incorporated under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act, and in 1983, CAFB became a certified member of Feeding America. The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. CAFB was the second food bank in Texas; the first opened in San Antonio in 1979. One month after CAFB opened, a third Texas food bank opened in Dallas. In CAFB's first year (1982), about 330,000 pounds of food were provided. In 2006, CAFB added an important public role — leader and public advocate for hungry Central Texans. CAFB supports local, state and federal anti-hunger legislation, and provides leadership to mobilize community action. Food and grocery products provided by CAFB go to human and social service agencies. These Partner Agencies provide hot meals served on-site or groceries to Central Texans in need.
Concho Valley Regional Food Bank
San Angelo, TX 76903
Details: The Concho Valley Regional Food Bank is: A 501 (C)(3) non-profit corporation governed by a 17-member Board of Directors; Member of Feeding America; Licensed by the Texas Department of Health. The Food Bank does not distribute food directly to individuals. Any 501 (C)-3 non-profit agency with a food program or planning to start a food program is eligible. Perishable and non-perishable grocery products may be obtained for distribution to needy clients. Clients may not be charged for the product. Agencies pay a small shared maintenance fee to offset the costs for soliciation, pick-up, inspection, warehousing and distribution of the food product.
East Texas Food Bank
Tyler, TX 75701
Details: Since 1988, the East Texas Food Bank, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has provided food to over 200 partner agencies, in an effort to feed children, the working poor and seniors throughout 26 counties in East Texas. A member of Feeding America, The East Texas Food Bank is one of four food banks that serves the Gulf Coast Region who are pre-staged with food products from Feeding America, to respond to disasters. As a clearinghouse for donated food, the East Texas Food Bank forms a partnership with the food industry by collecting, inspecting, sorting, packaging and distributing food to member agencies, which provide food directly to those in need. Our food sources include a variety of national, regional and local food manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers, and retailers donate food to the East Texas Food Bank. Donated food includes overproduced or discontinued items, frozen foods, dairy products, mislabeled goods, dented cans, day-old breads and pastries, and odd-sized produce. Local farmers and gardeners provide fresh produce. Individuals, businesses and community organizations support the East Texas Food Bank through various canned food drives throughout the year.
Food Bank of Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, TX 78408
Details: The Food Bank of Corpus Christi is a nonprofit organization that solicits and distributes food which might otherwise go to waste or be discarded by manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Since 1982, the Food Bank of Corpus Christi has been fighting hunger in the Coastal Bend by providing food and personal care products to various charity and service agencies. The food bank also offers a variety of food nutrition and diabetes education programs. It is estimated that 19,000 people eat food from the Food Bank of Corpus Christi on any given week.
Food Bank of the Golden Crescent
Victoria, TX 77901
Details: The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent "Helping Heal the Hurt of Hunger". OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES: We passionately advocate for a hunger-free Texas. We are committed to working together with other food banks and non-profit organizations to provide a single, trusted and credible voice to the challenge of ending hunger in Texas. We are agents of change and move with urgency on behalf of Texas’ most vulnerable citizens. We are collectively committed to treating all people in need with respect and dignity. We view hunger as impacting all communities and counties in Texas and seek solutions to local challenges. We are committed to ethical behavior. We respect each other as valued colleagues and partners. We are a trusted steward of resources.
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc
Pharr, TX 78577
Details: The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. was founded in 1983 by Reverend Ted and Martha Knies at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pharr, Texas. The Valley had just been devastated by a freeze and the Knies took it upon themselves to help those affected by this agricultural blow. At its inception, it was called the Pharr Area Food Pantry and directly served those living in Pharr and surrounding areas. In 1986, the pantry was incorporated to become the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. this way it could serve as a clearinghouse for smaller food pantries and on-site feeding organizations. The Food Bank of the RGV is a champion to those organizations who focus on making food accessible to the Valley including supporting child feeding sites at Boys and Girls Clubs through the Kids Cafe program, Operation Kid Pack and Ronald McDonald Charities. Making food accessible for seniors and postpartum women and children is also a priority through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CFSP). Today, the Food Bank has grown to become the 36th largest in the nation and 5th largest in Texas based on distribution. We are proudly affiliated with Feeding America and the Texas Food Bank Network. The Food Bank serves Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron Counties.
High Plains Food Bank
Amarillo, TX 79102
Details: We exist to alleviate hunger in The Panhandle. We do this in many different ways. First, we provide food, a basic need. We delivered 6.2 million pounds of food in 2011 to the 29 counties we serve. This is a tangible way you can see what we are doing at the Food Bank. It has been a long-standing tradition since our inception to deliver shelf-stable and fresh foods to the people that need them. We distribute the food through our over 165 agencies that work hand in hand with us to pinpoint need in their communities. We deliver this basic need to people who need help getting back on their feet. Second, we help people through the sometimes confusing process of applying for food stamps. This is a service we provide in order to keep as many as possible from facing food insecurity. The problem of not knowing what resources are available is not a reason anyone should go hungry. But we don't stop there, we help parents with applications for many programs available for their children including CHiPS. This is a tool that we are proud to offer, because the end benefit is having the resources to ensure your family is taken care of. Thirdly, we educate the public on making healthy inexpensive food choices for their families. We teach children and adults about nutrition and why it's important to eat wisely. If we just delivered food to families, we would only meet the current need, but because we teach them how to choose healthy completely affordable options, we are able to give them the resources to sustain themselves. That is our initiative; teaching others to fish, while providing them with the fish they need right now. Some day very soon, we hope there will not be a person who struggles with food insecurity. Until that day, we will help alleviate hunger in The Panhandle.
Houston Food Bank
Houston, TX 77029
Details: The Houston Food Bank feeds 137,000 hungry people each week by distributing food through nearly 600 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties. Mission: Leading the fight against hunger. From our 308,000 sq. ft. warehouse, our fleet of trucks delivers food to most of our hunger relief agencies, while the rest come to us to pick up. We serve: Church and community food pantries; Soup kitchens; Shelters for the homeless and abused; Meal sites for children and the elderly. Thanks to strong community partnerships, the Houston Food Bank stretches every $1 donation to provide a full day of meals for children, adults or seniors.
Montgomery County Food Bank
Conroe, TX 77301
Details: The mission of the Montgomery County Food Bank is to assist people who are hungry in Montgomery County, Texas. As a private non-profit organization, the Food Bank collects and distributes more than 6 million pounds of food each year to low-income children, adults and seniors living in Montgomery County, Texas. Currently the Food Bank serves an average of 37,000 + individuals each month.
North Texas Food Bank
Dallas, TX 75236-2028
Details: Founded in 1982, the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a Dallas nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 250 Partner Agencies in 13 counties. As a member of Feeding America, we support the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. We strive to be the best nonprofit. Including access provided through SNAP application services, NTFB provides access to nearly 175,000 nutritious meals every day. ReThink Hunger is our three-year initiative to provide healthier food, develop new ways to extend our reach and improve the lives of those we serve.
San Antonio Food Bank
San Antonio, TX 78227-2209
Details: The mission of the San Antonio Food Bank is to fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education, and advocacy.
South Plains Food Bank
Lubbock, TX 79404
Details: South Plains Food Bank, Inc. was founded in 1983 to provide food and hope for families in need in a 20-county area of West Texas. Through a network of more than 220 non-profit agencies and churches, food is available in the following South Plains counties: Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Kent, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Scurry, Stonewall, Terry, Yoakum. South Plains Food Bank, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) private, not-for-profit corporation. It is governed by a Board of Directors, which works with a CEO, staff, and community volunteers to insure the fulfillment of the mission. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the National Network of Food Banks.
South Texas Food Bank
Laredo, TX 78041
Details: Since 1989, The South Texas Food Bank seeks to end hunger in South Texas by mobilizing any and all available resources to fight hunger in our area. By conducting hunger education and awareness campaigns on the realities of hunger in our area, the Food Bank also seeks to energize the community to get involved and support hunger relief. The South Texas Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America's Food Bank Network - the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization.
Southeast Texas Food Bank
Beaumont, TX 77705
Details: In the State of Texas, 1 in every 4 children lives in poverty and about 15% of the elderly in Southeast Texas live in poverty. In fact, the same statistic is true for our entire country. The nation’s economic crisis has catapulted the number of Americans who lack enough food to the highest level since the government has been keeping track, according to a federal report, which shows that nearly 50 million people — including almost one child in four — struggled last year to get enough to eat. Mission Statement: Leading The Fight Against Hunger in Southeast Texas. Vision Statement: To eliminate hunger and inadequate nutrition in Southeast Texas.