On any given day, 66,000 people in SE TX experience the pain of hunger and have no food. 5,000 of these are children. Our Food Program is counting on volunteers to offer food assistance to those in need. There are many ways to help through this program:
SJV Community Garden:
Our volunteer gardeners plant and harvest vegetables in our Community Garden, which are in turn given to Magnificat Houses. Commitment: Weekday mornings or Saturdays, Fall and Spring. For more information, please contact the Social Services Ministry office at 281.497.4434
SJV at Loaves & Fishes:
Parishioners are invited to help prepare and serve meals to the homeless and the needy every Thursday or one Saturday of the month at Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen. Loaves & Fishes is Houston’s largest soup kitchen and serves over350 hungry people downtown with a free hot lunch daily. It is operated by the Catholic charitable organization known as Magnificat Houses Inc.
This is an amazing opportunity for those with free time during the week and for families and friends to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We meet at the SJV parking lot and carpool or caravan to the downtown location.
Review available slots and safety protocols and sign up for the Thursday shifts here and for the Saturday shifts here.
Drive-by Food Drives:
Make a difference in others’ lives by volunteering to help with or bringing a donation to our SJV Drive-by Food Drives! Our Food Drives are held twice a year. Contact the Social Services Ministry office at 281.497.4434 for information on upcoming drives.
As of August 1, 2021, the Food Pantry has transitioned to the SJV PANTRY. We continue to take donations that in turn are given to individuals in need in our community, but we are focusing on accepting items that cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits.
Items such as laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, personal hygiene products, paper towels, toilet paper, household cleaning supplies, baby diapers and wipes are some of the most sought-after products by those seeking assistance through our Pantry.
SJV’s Pantry takes donations Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. With your cooperation and generosity, we can truly make a difference in the lives of so many!
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35)