Has your life returned to “normal”? Are you busy with family, education, work and more? Are you enjoying travel again?
The first half of 2023 is behind us and during that time, the Pantry logged more than 4,200 client visits. That puts us on track to surpass the record of 7,000 visits in 2022. We served an average of 178 families each week through the first half of 2023. That’s a 62% increase over the number of families we served each week in 2019–when things were “normal”. The reduced demand that we expected as the pandemic receded has not materialized.
Why is demand increasing? Why is this our new normal? We believe significant need coupled with the consistent product and dignified welcome our clients receive is driving our growth. Every family who visits receives close to 60 pounds of food valued at $45–that adds up to more than $8,000/week based on our 2023 YTD average. Sourcing food from the Houston Food Bank (HFB) is more reliable, but not yet sufficient to meet the need. We spend $7,000 each month on items not available from the HFB to ensure our clients always receive:
Nutritious variety of non-perishable items
Over the last three years,generous contributions of time and money allowed us to meet the demand. We could not do anything without our faithful volunteers who come from across the city to keep our small Pantry running. They check food, bag product and give what we have with care and respect. Many volunteers pick up donations, bringing frozen meat, bread and more to the Pantry. And we have “muscles” that help unload pallet deliveries from the Houston Food Bank.
We are thankful for our rent-free facility, courtesy of Zion Lutheran Church, but we must keep the AC running in the summer and pay to maintain and improve our property. Your ongoing support helps us cover day to day operations and make strategic updates that include:
Repairs to our Feed Frank community donation box
Upgraded commercial freezers for meat and senior meals
More efficient volunteer entrance and check-in area
As we ease back into a more “normal” pace of life, remember that the Pantry is still here, serving those who still face challenges. Do your students need service hours, or are you and your team looking for a community project? We can help you plan and execute a food drive or find other ways to help. We truly appreciate and rely on your food donations and monetary contributions. We invite you to stop by and see all the great things happening. The pandemic brought about many unexpected changes, and we’re taking the best of those and moving forward to provide a quality experience for our clients as well as our volunteers and supporters.
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry. Terri Dougherty
Executive Director, Heights Interfaith Ministries
We’ve made a few updates to better reflect who we are and what we do in the Houston community. Ournew and improved website is a great place to learn more about our services, ongoing needs and how we put your support to work for our clients. Our refined mission more succinctly conveys our overriding goal as an organization. We look forward to continuing to work with you as we strive to achieve this foundational goal.
To respectfully nourish our neighbors in need with food and resources to help improve their lives
Frank Gets a Facelift!
After years of loyal service, our “Feed Frank” donation box received a fabulous makeover to repair and refresh. Named after longtime Pantry supporter Franklin Caraway, Feed Frank is open for business 24/7 and provides a convenient spot to drop donations of non-perishable food, diapers, and grocery bags. It’s an easy way to keep our shelves full and help your community. Stop by and visit Frank today!
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