What Is It?
A volunteer-run food pantry, providing nutritious groceries to Houston families who seek help, and delivering frozen meals and groceries to the homebound.
Help organize donations and stock shelves, help distribute food to clients, assist with monthly food fairs, help unload deliveries, conduct food drives. Please contact the Food Pantry for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
1.5 to 3 hours, depending on day and type of task. Volunteers are always needed during regularly scheduled service times: Thursdays 4-5:30 PM and Saturdays 9:30 AM – Noon. Monthly food fairs are held on Saturday mornings.
Volunteer sign-up form with days and times is here.
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
Yes; groups are welcome. Please contact the Food Pantry for more information.
None. Instructions will be provided.
HELP WITH FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Note: Because of COVID-19, the pantry now provides pre-bagged groceries to clients outside the pantry.
Volunteers are needed to sort product donations and stock shelves; prepare bags of groceries for distribution; and help with distribution on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
(Fluent Spanish speakers are especially helpful at distribution times.)
HELP WITH FOOD FAIRS
Every month, usually on the morning of the 5th Saturday, the pantry receives and distributes fresh produce and other items from a Houston Food Bank truck.
There are many ways to help at these events. (And fluent Spanish speakers are always needed!)
COLLECT FOOD FOR THE PANTRY
Food drives are always a good way to help. Volunteers are also welcome to bring the collected food and stock the shelves. (Stocking shelves can be done on most weekdays or Saturday afternoons.)
The most needed items are listed here.
HELP WITH DELIVERIES AND DONATIONS
Every few weeks, on Thursday mornings, the pantry receives large deliveries from the Houston Food Bank. Volunteers are needed to unbox the pallets of food and stock them in the pantry and in the outdoor shed.
Other projects: volunteers can pick up donations at various retailers and restaurants, or deliver frozen boxed meals to homebound seniors.
HEIGHTS INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOOD PANTRY
Houston, Texas 77009
Houston, Texas 77009
The Food Pantry is next to Travis Elementary School.
Examples of past Scout projects
Boy Scout Troops 20 & 30 collected more than 2200 pounds of food during the Souper Bowl of Caring. (2021)
Girl Scout Troop 125102 conducted a food drive. (2020)
Eagle: David S. (Troop 30) designed and installed shelves and made parking lot repairs. (2020)
Eagle: Charles H. (Troop 20) conducted a food drive, collecting 2900 pounds of food. (2020)
Eagle: Triet B. made two benches and collected and distributed clothing. (2018)
Silver Award: Girl Scout Troop 25197 volunteered every Sunday for 9 months: they organized the storage shed; set up the Christmas toy and clothing giveaway; planted, maintained, and harvested the garden; and designed and printed a children’s coloring book called “Feed Frank”. (2015)
Gold Award: Kaitlyn P. developed recipes using vegetables accessible to HIFP patrons, created a recipe book that included nutritional facts, and donated the books to the Pantry to distribute to patrons. She also led two cooking classes for children. (2014)