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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​​​​​Our 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.
WHAM’s pantry follows a client-choice shopping model in which clients are able to select their food items in a supermarket shopping environment, which instills dignity and self-respect.
Accommodations are made for clients with special diets. Baby items, including diapers, wipes, formula and personal care items are provided, when available.​
2015 EXPANSION
The food pantry added an additional 2,889 square feet in 2015.  This extra space allows us to store all of the donated and purchased food in the pantry instead of different locations throughout the building. 
We also have ample space for clients to participate in a Client Choice shopping model that provides dignity and respect. Clients are able to choose food for their family rather than receive preselected boxed food. The aisles are also wheelchair-accessible. 
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 9:00am - 3:00pm

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.

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.

BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS