About Us

Neighbors helping neighbors end hunger

The Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry opened its doors June 25, 2009 to serve Houston families.   We are open Thursday evenings 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings 10 a.m. until noon.  Serving over 150,000 individuals. 100% Funded by donations.  We are 100% volunteer based with over 30,000 volunteer hours since opening.  Our youngest volunteer is 4 and our oldest is 92.

We are a “Client Choice” Pantry, our clients choose their own food with the help of volunteers.  We provide meat, eggs, produce and toiletries with each order.   With the help of the community, each year we are growing to serve the needs of the neighbors.

Our funding comes from donations from our sponsor community organizations, member churches, individuals, and annual fund-raising events. We are a proud member of the Houston Food Bank. About 70% of our food comes from the Houston Food Bank, the balance is from donations with a small portion being purchased from funds of the Heights Interfaith Ministries.

The Heights Interfaith Ministries (HIM) is a corporation organized in Texas and has a not-for-profit 501(c)3 tax status with the federal government.  We are a member of the Houston Food Bank. Which mean that we purchase about 80% of our food from the Houston Food Bank at low prices, the balance of the food comes from donations from the general public.  We serve residents in all zip codes of Houston, Texas.

Support from Area Churches

We are supported by the following member churches as well as other community organizations.

Our Mission

  • To provide generous, nutritious groceries to all who seek help.
  • To deliver frozen meals and groceries to senior home bound.
  • To encourage Heights gardeners to contribute fresh produce.
  • To increase our membership with Heights religious and community organizations.

The food pantry is 100% volunteer operated and is administered by a volunteer board of directors composed of representatives selected by each of its member organizations.

  • Volunteer Board of Directors
    Patsy Sakowitz, Chair  – Member of Zion Lutheran Church                                        David Barnett – Vice Chair – Member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church
    Mary O’Sullivan, Yolanda Sanches – Member of Christ the King Catholic Church     Chris Schultz – Member Zion Lutheran Church                                                              Jane Ista-Member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
    Jennifer Moffett – Member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church                               and Senior Meals Delivery Coordinator                                                                                   Rhonda Burkhalter,Thad Pugh – Member of The Church at 1548 Heights Blvd.             Laurie Hardwick- Member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church                                          Terri Dougherty, Executive Director                                                                                         Alicia Reyes-Fundraising Coordinator