food programs

‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’
— Matthew 25:37
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Feeding the Hungry

Everybody needs a little help sometimes, and the Mercy Ministry is blessed to offer help to approximately 1,500 families and individuals in need every month by providing food and other needed items from our food pantry.


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SHOP

We're proud to offer fresh produce and non-perishable food, as well as many other items such as toiletries, paper products, cleaning supplies, and more at our pantry. Families and individuals shop and select what they will eat and use, rather than receive pre-packaged grocery bags. To learn more about shopping here or to sign up, please call 281-469-2687 or visit the Mercy Center Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

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DONATE

We are always in need of nonperishable food items, toiletries, paper products, baby items, cleaning supplies, and reusable grocery bags. Please bring donations to the receiving door at the Mercy Center, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Our Parish Office also receives donations during regular hours and our ushers, too, at weekend Masses. Or, learn more about our fundraisers and donating financially.

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VOLUNTEER

If you feel called to serve in our Food Pantry, we offer training several Saturdays throughout the year at 9:00 am at the Mercy Center. See below to learn about additional opportunities to serve through our other food programs. Contact us at 281-469-2687 for more information. Volunteers must be VIRTUS trained.


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MOBILE FOOD PANTRY

This direct-service program for our community, neighbors, and friends is the 2nd Saturday of every month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Mercy Center’s parking lot. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank, we distribute fresh produce, bread, and pastries. You do not have to be registered with our food pantry to benefit from this program. Bring your photo ID and grocery bags.

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COMMUNITY GARDEN

The Food Pantry helps maintain the community garden operated and managed by Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Community. This year-round program offers 2 hours of outdoor enjoyment on Saturday mornings, and possibly additional mornings during the summer while providing our pantry with fresh produce. 

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MEALS-ON-WHEELS

In cooperation with the NAM Meal-on-Wheels Grocery Delivery Program, Mercy Ministry volunteers deliver meals and groceries to home-bound individuals. If you, or someone you know, is interested in signing up for the program, please call us.

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HARVEST MINISTRY

One or two mornings per week, our volunteers pick up food, bread, and other donations for our pantry from area restaurants and retail stores. Training provided.

 

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SANDWICH MAKERS

Every week, 12 parishioners each make 12 lunches and bring them to the Mercy Center. On Friday, a volunteer picks up the 144 meals and delivers them downtown to the out-patient psychiatric center for homeless.