Special Volunteers celebrate 89th birthday

Two of of special volunteers turn 89.

Bobby takes care of the Produce for our clients.

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Joe Gonzales hands numbers our each time we are open!

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Souper Bowl of Caring

It started last Saturday with the Boy Scouts bring over several grocery baskets of can goods and finished with Travis Elementary bring over 1256 cans.  Thank you to our community for helping their food challenged neighbors.IMG_2911[1]

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HIM Newsletter Volume 4

 Heights Food Pantry Logo

November 18, 2015

 

NEWS FROM THE PANTRY

Share the Spirit! 

During this season of thanksgiving and joy, we hope that you will consider including the pantry in your giving.  It is easy to donate securely:  by credit card through our website (www.himfoodpantry.org), by direct payment through the app Venmo and by check mailed to the address below.  One dollar allows us to buy almost five pounds of food through our partnering agency, The Houston Food Bank.  We will appreciate any amount and thanks for sharing the spirit of the season!

 

Drop off clothes/toys for Client Shopping Day December 12….

On Saturday, December 12, we will open our rummage sale storage shed on the pantry’s grounds to our clients to allow them to “Christmas shop” for free.  Donations of gently used clothing, household goods and toys in good condition are needed.  Just drop them off at the pantry on Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings or in the Feed Frank donation box at any time.

 

Sixth Annual Stock the Pantry Party delivers a truckload….

A big thank you to Elizabeth McCormick who held her sixth annual “Stock the Pantry Party” at the Karbach Brewery in October to benefit the HIM Food Pantry.  Elizabeth, a regular volunteer from St. Andrew’s, hosts the party each year for her friends, and she delivered a pickup truck full of nonperishable food items to the pantry.  We are so appreciative of her creative (and festive!) approach to giving.

 

How many lives have been impacted in our own neighborhood? 

As of October 31, we have served 12,734 individuals at the pantry this year.  Since the pantry’s inception in 2009, the pantry has served 97,665 individuals to date.

 

The pantry sure could use…

  • Boxed, shelf stable milk (it’s liquid, not powder)
  • Cans of fruit, soup and canned meat
  • Pasta and spaghetti sauce
  • Diapers in size 3 or 4

Drop off nonperishable food items any time at the Feed Frank donation box on the pantry parking lot.

 

Did you know that the pantry is run entirely by volunteers?

Not a single dime does towards a salary at the pantry.  So far this year, 437 people have donated more than 5,000 hours of their time to serve our clients.  Volunteer activities include ordering food from the Houston Food Bank (HFB), shopping for other items not available through the HFB, unloading pallets of food, stocking shelves, organizing volunteers, interviewing clients, filling orders, entering information into our database, cleaning the pantry, planning fundraisers like the annual rummage sale and Bean Bash, and overseeing special projects like the remodeling of the kitchen.  Many of our volunteers come several times a week to help.  They are the backbone of this ministry.  Thank you all!

 

Save the dates: Fourth Annual rummage sale on March 4 and 5

Mark your calendars for our annual rummage sale on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5.  We will need help setting up all day on Thursday, March 3.  We will appreciate donations of rummage in January and February.  Furniture, clothes, shoes, household goods, sporting equipment and toys are needed.`

 

SummerhouseMeet our fabulous volunteers from The Summerhouse…

Several times a week, volunteers from The Summerhouse swing by the pantry and unload the Feed Frank donation box, restock the shelves and help with various projects at the pantry.  These young adults are a reliable group who take pride in serving their community, and they always do an awesome job.  The Summerhouse is a transition center that helps young adults with intellectual disabilities foster life skills, functional academics, social and emotional skills, and vocational training.  We love having their help!

 

Want to volunteer? It’s easy with Signup Genius… 

We need volunteers each week on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.  From time-to-time we have special events when we also need helping hands.  Many students and others come to the pantry to fulfill their service hour commitments. Check out the volunteer opportunities and sign up to help through Signup Genius.

 

Do you have suggestions for the pantry?

Please send them to [email protected] or send us a message on Facebook.  Or chat

with Alice.  We love new ideas!

 

Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry

Open Thursdays 5-7pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm

3523 Beauchamp Street, Houston, TX 77009

713.861.6155     www.himfoodpantry.org

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Volunteers worked hard to make the 4th Annual Bean Bash a Success

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Thanks to those who donated we have a new kitchen and cooler!

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Over 100 families served this week

Thank you to Zion Lutheran Preschoolers for spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.  Thank you St. Andrew’s for several boxes of donations.  Thank you to all the volunteers that helped.

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Bean Bash Time Again

Thanks everyone for volunteering and supporting Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry.  It is that time again.  I am cooking beans and spicing them up more than last year.  I heard that they needed a little more.  Hope you will get your tickets and come out.  Friday October 9 at 7 PM.  We have great speakers and again, back by popular demand, will be the Salvation Army Harbor Lights Choir.    In 2014 we served 16,476 individuals 42% of those were children.  We are NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS FIGHT HUNGER one person at a time.  It has been an awesome year.

Hope each one of you will buy a ticket to help purchase food for the pantry.
For tickets you can come by the pantry, email me, or call me.  The tickets are still $10 each and if you want a table sponsorship it is $150.00.
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Celebrating 6 years.

The Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry celebrates it’s 6th birthday.  This interfaith food pantry located close to downtown provides nutritious groceries, eggs, meat, and fresh produce to neighbors in need each month in the 77007, 77008, 77009, and 77022 zip codes. The pantry is open on Thursday evenings from five to seven and on Saturday mornings from 10 am until noon.

 

The pantry partners with The Houston Food Bank and gets about 80% of its food from them at a cost of 18 cents per pound.  The balance of its food comes from the community.  Ninety-five percent of every dollar that is donated goes toward the purchase of food for clients.  Nonperishable food items can be donated anytime of the day at the pantry in the Feed Frank donation box.

 

The food pantry is run 100% by volunteers. The volunteers are GOLD to the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry.  The volunteers have served over 92,000 individuals and delivered weekly meals to 20 homebound seniors.   Tonight we would like to honor five volunteers who have gone above and beyond in the 6 years we have been open.  They are Bobby Andrade with 1,722 hours, Alice Bongers with 2,528 hours, Joe Gonzales with 2,252 hours, Jennifer Moffett with 1,791 hours and Charlie Vasquez with 1,243 hours.  Combined, their hours total 9,536. In 6 years, all of the volunteers at the food pantry have donated a total of 21,945 hours. The youngest volunteer is 4 years old and the oldest is 89.

 

We celebrate the contributions of the volunteers and the many people who contribute to the pantry.  The pantry fights hunger one person at a time.  Help end hunger. Your donations of groceries, dollars, or time would be greatly appreciated.

 

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS FIGHT HUNGER!

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Dynamo Ticket in hand

houston dynamo  Houston Dynamo Game July 3 benefiting the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry.  I now have tickets in hand.  Purchase tickets for your group to help celebrate 6 years of being God’s hands and feet to serve his people. Serving over 91,000 individual since June of 2009.  Call 713-447-7624 for tickets.

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July 3 Dynamo Game

We prepaid for 150 tickets for the Dynamo Game on July 3.  Some of you have bought tickets and we will get you those after June 10.  Thank you for your support.  If you have not gotten your ticket please let us know.  We would love to have you join us to celebrate our 6th birthday with the game, on field recognition and a fireworks display presented by The Houston Food Bank and Kroger.

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