What Is It?
An interfaith organization that collaborates to provide temporary assistance in the form of food, clothing, and other basic needs, with an emphasis on serving the working poor.
Organize, pack, and serve food at the food pantry; help at the clothing center; distribute school supplies; and many more options. Please contact the EAC for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
16. Younger children may volunteer with an adult; exact age depends on their ability to follow instructions.
Varies. Volunteers usually help for 2-3 hours. Emergency Food Pantry shifts are 4 hours.
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
Yes (small groups)
Ability to follow instructions and work as a team member.
HELP AT EAC FOOD PANTRY
Stock and organize canned and dry goods, and bag bulk items such as laundry detergent, beans, and rice; pack grocery bags with food items from a designated list; package donuts for sack lunches; pack lunches and/or serve lunches; make sandwiches for sack lunches given to the hungry; pack and serve Sunday lunches.
THIRD SATURDAY WORKDAY
Help with “behind the scenes” tasks such as sorting/hanging clothing and stocking the food pantry on the 3rd Saturday morning of the month, from 10 AM-noon.
HELP AT THE EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY
The EAC provides staffing and volunteers to operate the Houston Food Bank’s Emergency Food Pantry (535 Portwall Street). Volunteers may interview clients and assist with check-out. Shifts are 3-7 PM Monday-Friday, and 9-12:30 PM and 12:30-4 PM Saturday. For volunteers 16 and older.
BOOKS & BACKPACKS
Assist with the annual back-to-school backpack and school supply distribution for pre-K through 12th grade children. Help families choose backpacks and grade-level school supplies. Early August.
HELP AT CLOTHING CENTER
Sort, size, and hang up clothes or welcome clients and help them find what they need for themselves and their families (M-F from 9 AM-noon).
Input information into the data system, assist with fundraising events, help with phone calls and mailings, help update EAC’s community resource and referral information, or other tasks.
OTHER WAYS TO SERVE
Coordinate a food or clothing drive at your school, church, neighborhood, or place of business; separate large bags of rice, beans, dry milk, detergent into smaller bags; mend donated clothing for the clothing center; wash aprons for the food pantry.
EMERGENCY AID COALITION
Houston, Texas 77004
Houston, Texas 77004
Opportunities are also available at the Houston Food Bank’s Emergency Food Pantry, at 535 Portwall Street.
Emergency Aid Coalition Video (15 minutes 58 seconds) (2015)
Examples of past Scout projects
Eagle: Collected clothes and assembled a table and bulletin board.
Eagle: Lyndon W. (Troop 125) organized a winter coat and clothing drive. (2018)
Eagle: Nick F. (Troop 266) constructed six benches for clients who are waiting in line for food, and donated leftover funds to the EAC. (2016)
Eagle: David D. (Troop 55) organized a supplies drive and assembled/installed a table and bulletin board. (2015)