The increasing cost of groceries in 2022 has continued into the holidays. That means some local families may have less in their pantries to celebrate with this year. As you count your blessings during this season of joy, celebrating amongst family and friends, it’s a perfect time to spread some of those blessings to those who may not have as many.
Wondering how you can get involved in spreading cheer to those in your community who might need a helping hand? Maybe you know someone in need of support this holiday season? We’ve compiled the following list of local food banks that you can donate time or other resources to—or where you yourself can turn to for help. Keep in mind, too, that none of these organizations limits their activities to the holidays—the end of Christmas and New Year’s doesn’t end the ongoing challenge across local communities to continue uplifting and supporting those in need.
The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (FBGC)
FBGC operates food pantries across 11 Texas counties, including affiliated locations in DeWitt, Gonzales and Lavaca counties. Visit tfbgc.org to learn more about FBGC. Local FBGC affiliates in or near GVEC’s service territory include the following:
1) God’s Storehouse Food Bank, Part of First United Church of Nixon, Texas
*Availability: Thursdays, 9-11 a.m.
*This facility also holds a Meals on Wheels-like “soup kitchen” every other Tuesday wherein volunteers deliver fresh soup to local homes.
Address: 410 N. Franklin Avenue, Nixon TX
Volunteering: Call 830.582.1482 to learn more about opportunities.
2) FBGC Mobile Food Pantry at the Waelder Community Center
Availability: Every 2nd Friday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon
Address: 311 Highway 90 W., Waelder TX
Volunteering: Call 361.578.0591 to learn more about opportunities.
3) CAMAL House Food Pantry of Cuero
Availability: 2nd Thursday of every month, 9-10:30 a.m. (Seniors, 60 & older) and 2-6 p.m. (all ages); 4th Thursday of every month (3rd in Nov. and Dec.), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (all ages)
Address: 118 W. Main Street, Cuero
Facebook: “CAMAL House Food Pantry” (https://www.facebook.com/cueroareaministerialalliance/about/?ref=page_internal)
Volunteering: Runs solely on volunteers; call 361.275.5022 for opportunities.
4) Yorktown Assistance Ministry Food Distribution Center
Availability: 1st and 2nd Wednesday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon
Address: 123 N. Church Street, Yorktown
Volunteering: Call 361.564.3260 to learn more.
5) Manna Food Pantry, part of First United Methodist Church of Hallettsville
Availability: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon (closed any 5th Tuesday)
Address: 1429 E. Fourth Street, Hallettsville
Volunteering: Call 361.798.9111 to learn about opportunities.
6) First United Methodist Church of Shiner
Availability: Thursdays, 9-11 a.m.
Address: 102 W. Church, Shiner
Volunteering: Call 361.594.3830 to learn more about opportunities.
7) First Baptist Church of Yoakum
Availability: Tuesdays, 1:30-4 p.m.
Address: 202 E. Grand Avenue, Yoakum
Volunteering: No volunteers needed as of December 2022. Call 361.293.2319 in February 2023 to inquire.
8) Gonzales Christian Assistance Ministry
Availability: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:15-11 a.m.
Address: 708 Saint James Street, Gonzales
Facebook: “Gonzales Christian Assistance Ministries” (facebook.com/profile.php?id=100070012142218)
Volunteering: No volunteers needed at this time.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Food Pantry, Seguin
Availability: Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m.
Address: 409 W. Krezdorn Street, Seguin
Volunteering: Contact Sylvia at 810.813.3639 (help needed with sorting, bagging and stocking various foodstuff donations: Mondays [8-11 a.m.], Tuesdays [8-10 a.m.] and Fridays [9-11 a.m.])
Christian Cupboard of Seguin
Availability: Every Monday-Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m.; closed on Fridays; 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, 9-11:30 a.m.
Address: 516 N. Camp Street, Seguin
Volunteering: Call 830.379.4857 to learn about opportunities.
Divine Fellowship Ministries of McQueeney Food Outreach Program
Availability: Call 830.305.9626 for availability.
Address: 3570 Farm-To-Market Road 78, McQueeney TX
Volunteering: Call 830.305.9626 to learn more.
The Randolph Area Christian Assistance Program
Availability: Monday-Friday, 1-3 p.m.
Address: 307 Pfeil Street, Schertz
Real Life Christian Assistance Through River City Community Church of Selma
Availability: Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. and 3rd Saturday of every month, 9-10 a.m.
Address: 16765 Lookout Road, Selma TX
Volunteering: Call 210.920.8209 to learn more about opportunities.
Goliad County Outreach of Goliad, Texas
Availability: 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 8-10 a.m.
Address: 611 East End Street, Goliad TX
Facebook: “Goliad County Outreach” (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100066804894882)
Volunteering: Visit the Outreach Center on a distribution day/time and they will put you to work.
Luling Food Bank
Availability: 2nd Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 10 a.m. to noon 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays—for produce only.
Address: 402 S. Mulberry Street, Luling TX
Volunteering: Call 830.875.2863 for opportunities.
Everyday Christian Fellowship Food Bank of Cibolo, Texas
Availability: Call 210.659.6300 for information.
Address: 950 N Main Street, Cibolo TX
Volunteering: Call 210.659.6300 for opportunities.
Good Shepherd Catholic Church Food Bank of Schertz, Texas
Availability: Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon
Address: 1065 E. Live Oak Road, Schertz TX
Volunteering: Call 210.658.4350 for opportunities.
Immaculate Conception of Marion, TX (a Mission Church of Good Shepherd)
Availability: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon
Address: 212 N. Barnett Street, Marion TX
Volunteering: Call Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 210.658.4350 for opportunities.
The By His Grace Food Pantry of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas
Availability: Fridays, 9-11 a.m.
Address: 406 4th Street, Sutherland Springs TX
Facebook: “By His Grace Food Pantry” (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063635696916&sk=about)
Volunteering: Call 830.947.3333 and speak to Renea, or email email@example.com.
La Vernia Christian Food Pantry of La Vernia United Methodist Church
Availability: Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.
Address: 111 Chihuahua Street, La Vernia TX
Facebook: “La Vernia Christian Food Pantry” (https://www.facebook.com/people/La-Vernia-Christian-Food-Pantry/100064415963450/)
Volunteering: Call 830.779.2621 for opportunities.
New Braunfels Food Bank
Availability: Monday-Friday (curbside service), 9-11 a.m.; Saturdays (curbside service), 10 a.m. to noon;
Mondays (client choice pantry—seniors only), 1-3 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday (client choice pantry—all ages), 1-3 p.m.
Address: 1620 S. Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels TX
Volunteering: Call 830.327.6000 or visit nbfoodbank.org to learn more.