NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO GO
​HUNGRY

Our Food Pantry provides food for families in need in a dignified and respectful way.

​ HUNGRY

HUNGRY

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​OVERVIEW​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
WHAM’s Food Pantry provides a significant supply of groceries for families to prepare nutritional meals, as well as daypacks of non-perishable foods (and perishable food for those with access to storage) to homeless clients.

Our pantry has ample space to follow a client-choice shopping model in which clients are able to select food items for their families in a supermarket shopping environment that promotes dignity and self-respect. Clients choose the food they receive, including fresh produce, bread and pastries, meat, dairy products, and canned goods, rather than receiving preselected boxed food.​​

​Accommodations are made for clients with special diets, and aisles are wheelchair-accessible. Personal care items and baby essentials, including diapers, wipes, and formula are provided, when available.​
EVENTS
Food Fair
2nd Saturday of each month from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Free food for all zip codes while supplies last. Bring a photo ID.
Clothing is also available in the Care Ministry lobby.




Senior Box Program
4th Wednesday of every month from 8:30 am - 9:30 am.
Provides food boxes to low income seniors 60+.
Sign up onsite in the Client Services lobby.

Public Benefits Enrollment
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month.
Sign up for SNAP, CHIP, TANF, Medicaid, Women's Health.
Signup begins at 9:00 am in the Client Services lobby for a limited number of same-day appointments.

Food for Change Program - Food Voucher Redemption
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every 1st, 3rd and 4th Saturday.
Food is provided for participants registered in programs through
Alief School District’s Jump Start Program, Workforce Solutions, and the Chinese Community Center.
Contact these agencies for program eligibility requirements.
HOUSTON FOOD BANK PROGRAMS
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FOOD DONA​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​TIONS
​We welcome the donation of any non-perishable food items. They can be dropped off during our regular business hours. No appointment is necessary. 

Hours:   Mon - Fri 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
               Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The WHAM Food Pantry hosts a monthly Food Fair to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 200 families. This program is open to the community and is not restricted to WHAM clients.

FOOD EDUCATION

WHAM holds monthly client cooking classes with a personal chef who demonstrates healthy food preparation with food items clients receive from the food pantry.
 
Texas A&M Agrilife conducts 8 week sessions of nutritional classes for WHAM clients.
 
On  WHAM Food Fair days, healthcare and other service agencies provide information and services.

CIVIC PARTNERSHIPS

By strengthening its relationship with civic groups, the food pantry has been able to move beyond once a year giving/donation drives. 

National Charity League (NCL) picks up all bread and pastry donations from Shipley's and Randall's grocery store. This frees up valuable time for our drivers, and we are able to fill that time with other food donation pickups.

Tidewater Oil and Natural Gas Company supports WHAM both financially and with donations from food drives. Tidewater employees also volunteer their time to assist in the WHAM Food Pantry.
  
The Latin Ladies Foundation of Houston provides over 300 pounds of hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and feminine products) to the food pantry quarterly for distribution to homeless clients. In addition, they promote and highlight WHAM as one of the charities they support each year at their annual fundraiser.

We are in excellent standing with the Houston Food Bank, and WHAM clients benefit from many of their programs. WHAM is the hub for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program in which the Houston Food Bank monthly provides 25 pound boxes of fresh produce and food to over 100 senior citizens in the community. Also, through the Food for Change program, WHAM distributes food to participants including college students, families with school age children in Alief ISD Jumpstart program, and people in programs through Workforce Solutions and Chinese Community Center.

BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS