21 Options For Food Help During The Coronavirus Outbreak In Houston
One of the greatest needs we are noticing during the Coronavirus outbreak in Houston is the need for food.
The combination of the COVID-19 quarantine and many individuals losing their jobs has lead to this problem. This guide was created to address that problem and give you lots of different food options to consider.
21 Options For Food Help During The Coronavirus Outbreak In Houston
In this guide, we’ll provide you with 21 options to find food assistance during these tough times.
The types of food assistance resources you will find are:
- Instructions on getting meals delivered to seniors and the disabled who need them
- Government programs that mothers and those who were recently laid off can apply for
- A City of Houston meal program that is providing 1000s of meal each day
- 5 ways to have your groceries delivered to your doorstep
- Information regarding dependable Houston food pantries
- A listing of stores offering “senior hours” to make their shopping experience easier
- School districts offering free grab and go meal programs
- A 24-hour helpline to provide you with food assistance during the Coronavirus outbreak as well as other community resources
There are lots of options for Houston food assistance, but if you get overwhelmed check the conclusion of this guide for a cheat sheet of which options you should consider for your specific situation.
1. Meals On Wheels Houston
Meals on Wheels is a place for seniors to find Houston food help during the Coronavirus outbreak.
To find the provider for your neighborhood first check out our guide called How To Apply For Meals On Wheels in Houston. Once you are there type your zip code into the search and you’ll see the agency that delivers meals in your area.
2. WIC – A Source Of Food For Women and Children
WIC stands for Women Infants and Children. This program provides nutrition assistance to expecting mothers, current mothers, and babies.
WIC can potentially provide mothers and babies with food help in Houston during the Coronavirus outbreak.
WIC can help help your family with food purchases like:
- Whole Grains
- Low-Fat Milk
- Peanut Butter
To find the closest WIC to your home see our guide titled How To Apply For WIC In Houston. Once you are there use our map or list to find a WIC office near you to call and sign up for the program.
3. Applying For SNAP/Food Stamps In Houston
Update: SNAP recipients will get the maximum amount for their household size for the months of April and May. To apply you will need to call Texas Health and Human Services at 877.541.7905 or visit Your Texas Benefits to apply online. Any renewal taking place during this quarantine will be automatically approved.
If you recently lost your job due to the Coronavirus outbreak you are encouraged to apply for SNAP or food stamps.
SNAP which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal nutrition program that provides food assistance to low-income families.
To apply for food stamps in Houston you have 3 options:
- Apply online at Your Texas Benefits
- Call Texas Health and Human Services at 877.541.7905.
- The Houston Food Bank can also assist you with filling out an application, so you can call them at 832.369.9390.
- Visit a Texas Health and Human Services office to apply. The Coronavirus outbreak in Houston may have affected normal business hours at these locations. Below is a map of the Texas Health and Human Services office in Houston.
To ensure you get all the food stamps you are entitled to read our guide titled 4 Steps To Increase Your Monthly Food Stamp Benefits. Pay close attention to the “food stamp algorithm” because this is how they based the amount of food stamps you will receive.
4. City of Houston Curbside Meals Program
The City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department is providing curbside meals for anyone 18 years and younger.
Meals will be distributed at local Houston community centers Monday through Friday from 1 pm to 3 pm.
This program will begin by serving 50 meals per day, but can potentially increase to 200 per site depending on the need.
The guidelines for this program are:
- Each child that is present will receive one lunch and one snack
- You cannot take food for children who are not present
- Meals will be placed in the trunk of your car
Below is a map of each City of Houston community center that is offering curbside meals. Times and locations can change so be sure to contact the community center nearest you to confirm that they are still providing meals.
5. Houston Food Pantries
Another place to find food in Houston during the Coronavirus outbreak is a food bank. The best source to find up to date listings of pantry listings is the Houston Food Bank.
You can find an interactive map with 100s of Houston area food banks to potentially help you during this time.
The normal business hours of these food banks may be affected due to Coronavirus in Houston, so definitely call any pantry you are interested in before traveling there.
Note: The Houston Food Bank is coordinating home deliveries for seniors who have a diagnosis of Coronavirus or quarantined. Call them at 832.369.9390 and let them know of your condition.
For more information on available food pantries or other programs offered by Houston Food Bank call them at 832.369.9390.
Houston Food Bank Senior Boxes
The Houston Food Bank offers a monthly box of food ($50 value) to low-income seniors.
The qualify for this program you must meet the following:
- 60 years or older
- Household income is below $1383 for 1 person and under $1868 for a household of 2
To sign up for the Houston Food Bank Senior Box you must visit a distribution site. There you will show your ID, age, income, and residency information. According to Houston Food Bank, “proof” is not required but if you have mail in your name and SSI statements or retirement bring them just in case.
Note: Below is a map of the Senior Box Sites. Be sure to contact the site you are interested in to ensure they are operational throughout this quarantine.
6. United Way Houston For Food Help During The Coronavirus Quarantine
United Way Houston is an information helpline (and resource website) that offers a number of different resources like food assistance.
You can call United Way 24 hours a day by dialing 211 or 281.282.6000. Remember in addition to food assistance in Houston you can ask them about resources like housing, mental health, and senior services.
7. Crowdsource Rescue Food Assistance
Crowdsource Rescue is a disaster response non-profit that was developed during Hurrican Harvey. This Houston non-profit is now helping seniors and “high-risk” citizens in with food assistance during the Coronavirus outbreak.
To apply for assistance visit the Crowdsource Rescue website and complete the online application.
To contact them you can email email@example.com.
8. Grocery Pick Up
If you prefer to avoid big crowds during this time that is completely understandable. It’s also why many retailers are offering grocery pick up and delivery.
The way it works is you visit the store website and shop for your groceries. Once you’ve gathered everything you need complete your payment online and then select a specific time to pick up your order.
When it’s your time to pick up your groceries you pull up to the designated “pick up” location and they place your groceries in your trunk.
Stores that are currently offering this are:
- Walmart – offers pick up and delivery for $12 per month or $98 per year
- Kroger – you can order online or have them delivered to you
- HEB – also offers pick and delivery options
- Aldi – pickup, and delivery available here too
- Instacart – is a mobile app that you can order and have groceries delivered from places like Costco, CVS, Petco, even Specs!
9. Senior Shopping Hours In Houston During Coronavirus
There are a number of stores that are offering “Senior Hours” to give older citizens, pregnant mothers and those with disabilities a chance to shop with limited crowds. Some of those stores are:
- Food Town – Open from 7 to 8 for seniors 65+
- Walgreens – Open 8 to 9 each Tuesday for seniors
- Sams Club – Tuesday and Thursday seniors and those with disabilities can start shopping from 7 to 9 am
- Costco – Those 60+ and with disabilities can begin shopping at 8 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Walmart – Each Tuesday through April 28th the store opens at 6 am for seniors 60+
- Target – The first hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are senior hours
- Aldi – Tuesdays and Thursdays they open at 8:30 for seniors, pregnant women, and other vulnerable shoppers
- Big Lots – Senior hours run from 9 to 10 am
- Dollar General – Hours are 8 to 9 am
- Hy-Vee – Every day starting at 7 am for 60+, pregnant mothers and others with health conditions
- Krogers – Typically open 7 to 8 am Monday through Thursday
- Whole Foods – Available to those 60+ one hour before opening
Hours can vary so be sure to contact these stores to confirm.
10. Houston Non-Profits For For Help During The Coronavirus Crisis
Your local nonprofits are another place to turn for food assistance during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Below is a table that you can use to search for providers that help your area. You are encouraged to search this table by using your zip code, the city you live in, county or simply the word “food”.
|Agency||Address||Phone||Type of Assistance||Area/Zip Code served||Hourss|
|AIDS Foundation HoustonWeb||6260 Westpark Dr #100||713.623.6796||Only offers assistance to clients with HIV and AIDS. Offers housing, mental health, substance abuse, assistance applying for SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Texas Women's Health Plan||Harris County||M-F 930 to 4pm. Walk ins welcome but priority is given to those with appointments.|
|Baytown Resource & Assistance Center Web||5309 Decker Dr||281.424.5752. *Must make an appointment.||Utilities, Clothing for Children, Employment assistance services||Residents of McNair, Baytown, Highlands or Chambers County||Mon: 8 to 5pm. Closed from 12 to 1pm for lunch.|
|Avenue 360 (formerly Bearing Omega and Houston Area Community Services) Web||2150 West 18th Street||713.426.0027||Housing referrals, medical support, Rent, Mental Health||HIV/AIDs clients only||M - F: 8 to 5pm|
|Bethel's Heavenly HandsWeb||12660 Sandpiper Dr||713.729.6477||Food, Clothing, Thursday Food Distributions, Senior Commodity Program,||Harris County||Mon, Tues, Fri|
|Braes Interfaith MinistriesWeb||4300 W. Bellfort||713.723.2671||Food, Clothing||SW: 77025, 77035, 77045, 77051, 77053, 77054, 77071, 77085, 77096||M-F 730a - 530p|
|Brentwood Community Foundation Web||13033 1/2 Landmark Street||713.852.2551||Resources for those with HIV/AIDS. Rent, Mortgage, Food, Utilities, housing referrals||Those with HIV/AIDS in Houston area||M-F 8am to 5pm|
|Catholic Charities Main Office Web||2900 Louisiana |
Other Locations: Houston Locations
|713.874.6590 or 713.526.4611||Rent, Utilities, Food, Counseling, Adoption, Immigration, Limited Financial Assistance, Saturday Food Fairs, Case Management, Help applying for SNAP, Medicaid, TANF,||77003, 77004, 77011, 77012, 77013, 77020, 77021, 77023, 77029, 77030, 77054, 77547||M-F 730a - 530p|
|Chinese Community CenterWeb||9800 Town Park||713.271.6100||Utilities (must have cut off notice), Weatherization, Adult day program, Gold Card Application Assistance, Income Tax Help, SNAP, Free Legal Clinic, Citizenship Application Assistance,||77024, 77036, 77042, 77056, 77057, 77063, 77072, 77074, 77077, 77079, 77081, 77082, 77083, 77094, 77099, 77450, 77494, 77477,||Tues 9am - 12pm|
|Christian Community CenterWeb||3434 Branard||713.871.9741||Rent, Utilities, Food, Clothing, Vocational Training, Jobnet Program||W-SW: 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007, 77010, 77011, 77012, 77019, 77020, 77021, 77023, 77025, 77026, 77027, 77030, 77046, 77056, 77057, 77081, 77096, 77098, 77401||M-F 10a - 2pm Sat 9a - 12p (food and clothing only)|
|City Fellowship Church Christian Rescue Mission Web||3220 Hadley||713.659.7750||Rent, Utilities, Food||Harris County||Tues-F: 10a -12p|
|City of Houston Water Aid To Elderly Residents Program||4200 Leeland Houston, TX 77023|
Mail application here.
|713.371.1400||Assistance paying water bill. $100 every six months.||Low income seniors (60+) residing in Houston are the priority. Individuals w disabilities and low income families are also encourage to apply. Web||Water Assistance Application: Web|
|City Wide ClubWeb||Multiple locations||713.752.2582||Rent, Utilities, Food, Employment Referrals, Housing and Shelter Recovery Program - room and board for families, seniors, homeless faced w physical, mental substance abuse challenges, Project Warm-Up helps with electric heaters and utilities, Project Cool Down helps w fans and shelters in summer||Harris County and surrounding areas||Tues-Th 10a-1p|
|Covenant House Texas Web||1111 Lovett Blvd||713.523.2231||Crisis shelter, Transitional shelter for youth ages 18 to 20. Medical and clothing provided. Job placement for young adults.||Houston area||M-F 8a to 5p|
|Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) Web||713.957.4357 or 211||Utilities Assistance for low income seniors (60+) and/or have documented disability expected to last 12 months||Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Cypress Area Ministries Web||11202 Huffmeister||281.955.7684||Rent, utilities, food, clothing. CAM may pay a portion of the past due balance on a utility bill. The client is required to pay the balance of the amount past due, or have a pledge for that amount, prior to CAM’s paying the pledged amount.||77065, 77095, 77429, 77433||M-F 10a-2p|
|Fair Haven Methodist Church Web||1330 Gessner||713.476.4346 or (713) 468-3276||Food||77024, 77027, 77041, (Carverdale only), 77043, 77055, 77056, 77079, 77080,||M-F 10a-2p|
|First Baptist ChurchWeb||8009 Long Point||713.554.8801 or (281) 229-9166||Rent, mortgage, utilities, food, prescriptions||NW: Harris County||M-Th 730a-11a Walk Ins only|
|Gulf Coast Community Services Web||9320 Kirby Dr||713.393.4700||Rent, utilities, food, clothing, Q cards, eyewear vouchers||SE: Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Harris County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Web||8933 Interchange Dr.||713.578.2100||Housing Choice Vouchers distributed during open enrollment||Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Harris County Social Services Web||9418 Jense Drive||713.696.7900||Rent, Utilities, Bereavement, Veteran services||Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Hester HouseWeb||2020 Solo||713.274.1394||Hot meals/seniors summer/youth camp||NW - 5th Ward||M-F 8a-5p|
|Houston Volunteers of America Web||4808 Yale Street (Independence Heights Location)|
731 West Davis Conroe, TX
|713.460.0781 or 817.529.7300||Assistance applying for SNAP, Medicaid, FASFA, Tax Season Assistance, Employment Placement Assistance Program for Healthcare jobs, Deaf and Blind Services, Day Habilitation Center for those with special needs, Residential Group Homes for children and adults with special needs, Substance Abuse Treatment, Housing for seniors and those with a disability, Homeless Veterans Help||Houston and surrounding areas||M-F 8a - 5p|
|Housing Authority of City of HoustonWeb||2640 Fountain View Dr||713.260.0600||Housing Choice Vouchers and Public Housing||M-F 8a-5p *By appointment.|
|Humble Area Ministries Web||1302 First Street||281.446.3663||Food, rent, utilities, |
Employment services, Clothing, Prescription Assistance, Birth Certificate and ID Assistance, Assistance with Eyeglasses
|77336, 77345, 77347, 77372, 77338, 77346, 77357, 77396, 77339, 77347, 77365, 77532,||7 days a week/24 hours a day answering machine, leave message|
|Interfaith Caring Ministries Web||151 Park Ave, League City||281.332.3881||Rent, utilities, minor home repair, and food for seniors (55+)||Clear Creek ISD, Friendswood ISD, Clear Lake, Webster, 77034, 77058, 77059, 77062, 77089, 77546, 77565, 77573, 77586, 77598||M-F 830a-430p *by appointment|
|Immaculate Conception Catholic ChurchWeb||7250 Harrisburgh||713.921.1261||Food||77011, 77012||Thurs 930a - 1130m|
|Katy Christian Social Ministries Web||5011 East 5th St Katy, TX||281.391.9623||Rent, mortgage, utilities, food, clothing||77084, 77094, 77406, 77423, 77441, 77449, 77450, 77464, 77476, 77485, 77493, 77494||M-Th 830a-12p 1230p -5p|
|Larkin Community Center Web||5410 Larkin||713.869.9143||Rent and Utility assistance to seniors and families with children||M - F 8am to 5pm|
|LINC Houston Community Services Web||1504 Johnson Street||713.426.2451||Food, Prescriptions, Eye glasses, Rent, Security Deposit, Clothes, CHIP, Medicaid, Gold Card, Home Repair||Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 to 3pm|
|Lone Star Legal Aid Web||1415 Fannin||713.652.0077 or 713.652.5911||Legal services to low income individuals||Harris, Ft Bend and Montgomery County||M-F 830a - 1230p|
|MANNA - Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Allicance Web||1806 W. 43rd Street||346.335.2950 or 713.682.7556||Utility, Gas, Rent, Clothing, Food, Assistance with SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, CHIP,||77007, 77008, 77009, 77018, 77022, 77037, 77040, 77076, 77088, 77091, 77092,||M: 8 to 11, Tues and Thurs: 915 to 1115am.|
|Memorial Area MinistriesWeb||1625 Blalock||English 713.574.7533 Spanish 713.574.7536||Rent, water, gas, medical assistance, prescriptions, transportation, clothing, Rapid Re-Housing,||77008, 77009, 77018, 77022, 77024, 77037, 77039, 77040, 77041, 77043, 77055, 77076, 77079, 77080, 77088, 77091, 77092,||M-F 9a - 4p. Call between 9a - 12p M-F to set up an appointment.|
|My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center Web||12713 A Bissonnet||281.489.9933||Financial Assistance, Rent, Utilities, Food Pantry,|
|Mayors Office for People with Disabilities Web||1475 West Gray||832.394.0814 firstname.lastname@example.org||Advocacy Services||City of Houston||M-F 8a - 5p|
|North Channel Assistance MiWeb nistries||13837 Bonham||713.453.8028||Food, food stamp application help, Medicaid application help, clothing,||77013, 77015, 77029, 77044, 77049, 77078, 77530,||M-F 8a-2p|
|Northwest Assistance Ministries Web||15555 Kuykendahl||281.583.5600||Rent, mortgage, gas, water, prescriptions, gas vouchers, dental and medical,||77014, 77032, 77038, 77050, 77060, 77064, 77066, 77067, 77068, 77069, 77070, 77073, 77086, 77090, 77373, 77379, 77388, 77389,||Tues 1p-4p Call for an appointment.|
|Operation ID Web||5100 Travis Street||713.620.6476||Texas Identification Card||Harris County||Tues & Thurs 9a-1130a. You will need a referral/voucher from an agency that Operation ID partners with.|
|Pasadena Community MinistriesWeb||2301 South Houston||713.477.4336||Rent, utilities, food, clothing,||Pasadena, Deer Park,||Tues 9a - 12p. Th 1p-4p|
|Riceville Baptist ChurchWeb||11231 Gessner||713.774.4880||Food, clothing, financial assistance, prison ministry||1st Wed of Month, 6p. Call for appointments.|
|Salvation ArmyWeb||1500 Austin Street||713.752.0677||Rent, Food, Clothing, Utilities (water only), Senior Housing (62+)||Harris County||M-Th 830a - 430p|
|Saras HouseWeb||711 Perla||713.475.1480||Shelter, meals, clothing (women & children)||Pasadena|
|Baker Ripley Web||3838 Aberdeen Way 77025||713-590-2327||Case management, care giver support, dementia adult day program, utilities, must be under 150% FPL, preferences to elderly, disabled, clients w children under 5 yrs, no deposits or reconnection fees,||77016, 77020, 77026, 77028, 77004, 77021, 77033, 77051, 77087, 77003, 77011, 77012, 77020, 77023, 77034, 77058, 77059, 77062, 77075, 77089, 77502, 77504, 77506, 77571, 77598,||Call for appointment|
|Senior Jobs Program (AARP)Web||12727 Featherwood Dr||281.922.9952||Jobs,||Harris County||M-F 930a - 230p|
|Spring-Woodlands Ministries Web||810 E. Louetta Suite A-E||281.353.4480||Food, clothing||77373, 77338, 77389, 77379, 77380, 77381, 77382, 77386, 77388,||M 1p-3p, W 9a-1130a, Thur 1p-3p|
|Society of St. Stephen Web||1062 Fairmont Parkway||281.487.1774||Rent, utilities, food,||77502, 77503, 77505, 77506, 77507||T-F New clients: 10a-1p|
|Society of St Vincent de PaulWeb||2403 Holcombe Blvd||713.741.8234 ext 101||Food, Clothing, Rent, Utility||City of Houston Zip Codes Only||M -F 9am - 5pm|
|Southeast Area Ministries SEAMWeb||2102 Houston Blvd||713.944.0093||Rent, Utilities, Food, Clothing, Ongoing Senior assistance, Christmas assistance program, Prescription, Medical Supply assistance||SE: 77017, 77034, 77061, 77075, 77087, 77089, 77504, 77587,||M-Th 10am - 1:30pm|
|St Bernadette Church Web||15500 El Camino Real||281.486.0337||Food, Clothes, Rent, Utilities,||Clear Lake: 77058, 77059, 77062, 77598,||Tues: 930 to 1130am Thurs: 930 to 1130 Wed: Appt only|
|St. Cecilia ChurchWeb||11720 Joan of Arc Drive||713.468.1185||Rent, Utilities, Food,||NW: 77024, 77043, 77055||M-Th: 9am through 12pm|
|St Christopher Catholic ChurchWeb||8150 Park Place||713.645.6614||Food||SE: 77012, 77017, 77061,||Sat: 930 to 11am|
|St. Hyacinth Catholic Church Web||2921 Center St, Deer Park||281.479.4298||Rent, Utilities, Food||Deer Park: 77536||M - F: 930 to 12pm 1pm to 430pm|
|St. John Vianney Social Services Web||625 Nottingham Oaks||281.497.4434||Utilities, Food, Clothing,||W: 77043, 77055 (Food & Clothing only) 77077, 77079 (Food, Clothing, Utilities )||M-F: 830 to 530pm|
|St. Joseph Catholic ChurchWeb||1505 Kane Street||713.222.8903||Rent, Utilities, Food,||77007, 77008, 77009,||M-T: 9am to 12pm 130 to 330pm|
|St Mary Magdalene Church||527 South Houston Ave, Humble||281.540.1907||Rent, Utilities, Food,||NE: 77338, East of Lee Rd, 77346, (Only apartment complexes)||M, W, F only. 930 to 1145am - 1st 12 people.|
|St Pious Catholic Church Web||824 Main - Pasadena||713.473.9484||Food, Rent, Utilities, Immigrant Legal Assistance, Free Health Screenings,||Pasadena: 77501, 77507, 77536, 77547, 77587,||Tues & Thurs: 10am to 1230pm|
|Target Hunger Service CenterWeb||2814 Quitman||713.226.4953||Emergency Food, Food Pantries, Monthly Food Fairs, Senior Home Delivery Program, Senior Day Site Program||77015, 77016, 77020, 77026, 77028, 77078,||M-F: 9am to 5pm|
|The Bridge Over Troubled WatersWeb||3811 Allen-Genoa Rd||713.473.2801||Emergency Shelter for Domestic Abuse Victims||Harris County|
|The House of AmosWeb||8030 Boone Rd||281.495.9061||Food, Citizenship Classes, Lunches every Saturday, Free immunizations to uninsured children.||M-Th: 9am to 12pm Sat: 10am to 12pm|
|Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (TEAM) Web||300 W Main Street Tomball, TX 77375||281.351.6700||Utilities, Gas vouchers, Clothing, Food, Medical and Dental vouchers, Temporary Shelter||Tomball zip codes 77375, 77377 or you live within Tomball school district.||Tues and Thurs: 10am to 1pm. Application must be completed in person.|
|The Houston Food Bank Web||535 Portwall||832.369.9390||Emergency Food Pantry, Help applying for SNAP, TANF, CHIP, Medicaid||M-F: 8am to 5pm Sat: Telephone hotline only 8am to 4pm|
|United Way Web||211||Referrals for Food, Shelter, Rent, Utilities, Housing, Shelters, Substance Abuse||Harris County|
|Wesley Community CenterWeb||1410 Lee Street||713.223.8131 ext 245||Rent, Utilities, Food, Financial Education, Employment coaching, Help applying for Medicaid, SNAP, TANF,||Harris County||Friday Starts at 8am. Appointments Only. No appointment needed for Food.|
|West Houston Assistance MinistriesWeb||10501 Meadowglen Lane||713.977.9942||Mortgage, Food, Utilities, Clothing, Employment Assistance, Bus Passes for job related trips, Work Clothes,||77042, 77057, 77063, 77072, 77077, 77082,||M - F: 10am - 1pm|
|Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Web||3826 Wheeler||713.747.7101||Rent, Mortgage, Utilities, Food, Women's Housing (Badge Bush). Visit there site they help in plenty of ways.||SE: 77770||M-Th: 9 - 1230pm F: 9-1130am *Appointment only|
|Windsor Village Social ServicesWeb||12041 1/2 Post Oak Rd||713.551.8792||Rent, Mortgage, Utilities, Food,||Harris County and Ft Bend County||Appointment only Monday 8am to 11am Food: T-W 9am to 11am. Th 1030am to 1230pm|
|Pearland Neighborhood CenterWeb||2335 N Texas Ave, Pearland, TX 77581||281-485-1987, email@example.com||Rent, Utilities, Gas, Food and Baby Pantry, Bread Pantry, Santa's Helpers Program, School Supply Vouchers, Emergency Assistance, Finanical Stability Course, GED Scholarships, Disaster Relief||Brazoria County||M - F 8 to 5|
|East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry WWebeb||435 Stafford Run Road |
Stafford, Texas 77477-5639
|281 261-1006||Food, rent, utilities, resale shop, Christmas and Thanksgiving Meals, Backpacks for kids,||East Fort Bend - 77053, 77459, 77477, 77478, 77479, 77489, 77545, 77583||281 261-1006|
|Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) WWebeb||9600 S. Gessner, Bldg. E |
Houston, Texas 77071
|713 270-0369||Gold Card, Medcaid, SNAP, Food, ESL, Computer Literacy, Voter Registration, Child Immunizations, Vision Screening, Domestic Abuse Counseling and support groups,||Serves Greater Houston||713 270-0369|
|Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC) WWebeb||5401 Fannin Street |
Houston, Texas 77004-6808
|(713) 522-5903||Food Pantry + Clothing (M-F 8:30am), Lunch Program (M - F + Sunday 11 am & 1pm, Backpacks (register in March)||Serves Greater Houston||(713) 522-5903|
|Interfaith of the Woodlands WebWeb||4242 Interfaith Way|
The Woodlands, Texas 77381
|(832) 615-8219||Rent, mortgage, utilities, prescription drugs, food, clothing, emergency shelter, Christmas gifts for kids, primary care, dental, womens health, senior transportation, senior grocery delivery,||Woodlands - 77375, 77380, 77381, 77382, 77384, 77385, 77386, 77389,||(832) 615-8219|
|My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center (not COH Program) WWebeb||12713A Bissonnet |
Houston, TX 77099
|(281) 498-9933||Rent, utilities, Food, School supplies, Thanksgiving / Christmas Meal Program, Christmas gifts for kids, Easter baskets,||77031, 77035, 77036, 77042, 77056, 77071, 77072, 77074, 77081, 77082, 77083, 77085, 77096, 77099, 77401, 77477, 77478,||(281) 498-9933|
|St. Vincent's House - Galveston Web||2-2817 Alfreda Houston Place|
Galveston, Texas 77550
|(409) 763-8521||Vision + Dental clinic, Mental Health Counseling, Speech, Physical Occupational Therapy, Rent, Utilities, Case Management, Transportation,||Galveston - 77591, 77568, 77590, 77563, 77554, 77551, 77550, 77555, 77552, 77553,||(409) 763-8521|
|Hero Houston WWebeb||12335 Kingsride, Box 230, Houston, TX 77024||(713) 932-3996||Offers services to seniors in the Memorial and Spring Branch area. Transportation to medical appointments, light handyman work, help filling out documents and senior service referrals.||Memorial and Spring Branch area. 77024 77043 77055 77079 77080||Monday - Friday 8 to 5|
|Public Utility commission of Texas (PUC) Web||888.782.8477 or 512.936.7500||Will not turn of utilities or electricity if you have a need for medical equipment or you are on life support|
|COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program web||866.454.8387 or 888.782.8477||The Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program (CERP) helps consumers who are having trouble paying bills due to job loss or other related hardship.||Who is eligible for the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Plan?|
Residential customers that qualify for unemployment or that are low income qualify for the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Plan. Once approved for the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program, you will remain on the program for up to six months.
During that time, your electricity provider cannot disconnect your electricity for non-payment.
|Fort Bend County WWeb eb||301 Jackson Street, Richmond, TX 77469||281.238.2273 or 281.633.7795||Rent and utility assistance||Serves Fort Bend County and zip codes:77406, 77417, 77420, 77430, 77435, 77441, 77444, 77451, 77459, 77461, 77464|
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11. Local Churches Or Houston Area Assistance Ministries
Another place to find food assistance right now is at your local church.
On the Nextdoor app, I’ve seen 2 churches in my area who offer food pantries and in some cases deliver groceries to homebound seniors.
Houston Area Ministries (essentially a group of churches in a specific area of town) can also help you with food during the quarantine. Below is a map of Houston Area Ministry groups you can call to learn more about food assistance or volunteer opportunities they may offer.
12. Houston Independent School District Food Programs During Coronavirus
HISD will resume its food distribution operations on April 6th.
The school district will provide 500 box meals per day. You can pick up meals either by car (they will place boxes in your trunk) or walk up to collect your meals.
The meal distribution schedule for Monday, April 6th to Friday, April 10th is listed below.
Monday, April 13
- Foerster Elementary School, 14200 Fonmeadow Dr., 9 a.m.
- Attucks Middle School, 4330 Bellfort Blvd., 9 a.m.
- Booker T. Washington High School, 4204 Yale St., 11 a.m.
- Blackshear Elementary School, 2900 Holman Ave., 3 p.m.
- Shadydale Elementary School, 5905 Tidwell Rd., 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14
- McNamara Elementary School, 8714 McAvoy Dr., 9 a.m.
- Waltrip High School, 1900 W. 34th St., 9 a.m.
- Thompson Elementary School, 6121 Tierwester St., 11 a.m.
- Jones Futures Academy, 7414 Saint Lo Rd., 3 p.m.
- Key Middle School, 4000 Kelley St., 3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15
- Williams Middle School, 6100 Knox St., 9 a.m.
- Fondren Elementary School, 12405 Carlsbad St., 9 a.m.
- Navarro Middle School, 5100 Polk St., 11 a.m.
- Mitchell Elementary School, 10900 Gulfdale Dr., 3 p.m.
- Hilliard Elementary School, 8115 E. Houston Rd., 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 16
- Cullen Middle School, 6900 Scott St., 9 a.m.
- Jane Long Academy, 6501 Bellaire Blvd., 9 a.m.
- Burrus Elementary School, 701 E. 33rd St., 11 a.m.
- Wheatley High School, 4801 Providence St., 3 p.m.
- Fonwood Early Childhood Center, 9709 Mesa Dr., 3 p.m.
Friday, April 17
- Scarborough High School, 4141 Costa Rica Rd., 9 a.m.
- Fleming Middle School, 4910 Collingsworth St., 9 a.m.
- Young Elementary School, 3555 Bellfort Ave., 11 a.m.
- Osborne Elementary School, 800 Ringold St., 3 p.m.
- Pilgrim Academy, 6302 Skyline Dr., 3 p.m.
The meal sites and hours may change so its best to contact HISD at 713.566.6000 if you have questions.
13. Goose Creek ISD Grab and Go Meals During Coronavirus
Goose Creek ISD in Baytown is offering breakfast and lunch meals to children under the age of 18. Your child must be present to receive a meal.
Meals will be on weekdays from 10 am to 1 pm at the following schools:
- Ashbel Smith
- San Jacinto
- Cedar Bayou
- Horace Mann
- Goose Creek Memorial
- Sterling high schools
For more questions, you can call Goose Creek ISD at 281.420.4800.
14. Pasadena ISD Grab and Go Meals During Coroanvirus
Pasadena is offering students in its district meals as well.
PISD is asking that your child be present to receive a meal but if not there are a number of documents (report card, attendance record, student ID, etc) they will accept as an alternative.
The meal distribution times are 9 am to 10:30 and 11:30 to 1 pm.
Contact Pasadena ISD at 713.740.000 or visit their website to learn about the meal distribution sites available.
15. Clear Creek ISD Meals For Students During Coronavirus
Clear Creek ISD offers free breakfast and lunch meals to any child 18 and younger at its meal distribution sites. Drive or walk up is ok, but each child needs to be present to receive a meal.
CCISD is doing meal pickups on 2 days of the week Monday and Thursday.
- Mondays – From 11 am to 1 pm you can pick up enough meals to last from Monday to Thursday
- Thursdays – 11 am to pm you will pick up meals for Friday and Saturday
The meal pick up sites are:
- Green Elementary
- League City Elementary
- McWhirter Elementary
- Stewart Elementary
- Whitcomb Elementary
Contact CCISD at 281.284.0000 to confirm dates, times and distribution locations.
16. Galena Park ISD Grab-N-Go Breakfast and Lunch
Galena Park ISD is helping out its students by offering breakfast and lunch meals during the Coronavirus quarantine in Houston.
To receive a meal your child needs to be under 18 years and present when you drive or walk to a curbside meal location.
The meals will be offered from 7:30 am to 9 am for breakfast and 10:45 am to 12:15 pm for lunch.
The meal distribution sites are:
- Galena Park Elementary
- Green Valley Elementary
- Sam Houston Elementary
- Dr. Shirley J. Williamson Elementary
- Woodland Acres Elementary
- North Shore Middle
To confirm dates, times, locations, visit the Galena Park ISD website or call them at 832.386.1000.
17. Channelview ISD Grab-N-Go Breakfast and Lunch Program
Channelview ISD parents can get food assistance during this Coronavirus outbreak by visiting a Grab and go location.
Free meals are offered to children 18 and under on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 1pm. Your child must be present to receive a meal.
Contact Channelview ISD at 281.452.8002 or visit their website for details on the meal distribution site locations and hours of operation.
18. Humble ISD Free Meal Pickup Program
Those in Humble ISD can find food assistance during the Coronavirus outbreak at various Humble elementary schools.
For details on the Humble meal pick up sites and hours visit their website or call them at 281.641.1000.
19. Aldine ISD Curbside Meal Pickup
Curbside meal pickups are available via Aldine ISD schools to provide parents with much-needed food help during this Coronavirus outbreak.
Meal pickups take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm. On these days you will receive multiple days worth of food. If your student is not present you can show documents like a report card, student ID, etc to receive their meal.
Visit the Aldine ISD website or call them at 281.449.1011 to confirm the locations and times.
20. Spring Branch ISD Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch Program
Children 18 and under on the west side of town can find free meals during the COVID-19 outbreak at their Spring Branch schools.
To learn about site locations to pick up meals and times you can visit the Spring Branch ISD website or call them at 713.464.1511.
21. Katy ISD Grab and Go Meals Program
For details on Katy ISD’s meal program to help students during this Coronavirus quarantine, you can call them at 281.396.2151 or visit their website.
22. Pearland ISD Free Grab and Go Lunch and Breakfast Program
Pearland ISD is offering free breakfast and lunch to students 18 and under.
The meal distribution dates are Monday through Friday from 11 am to 12:30 pm.
The current locations are:
- Carleston Elementary
- Lawhon Elementary
- Pace Center
Follow up with Pearland ISD via website or phone (281.485.3203) to confirm dates and locations before traveling to these sites.
23. Fort Bend ISD Free Grab and Go Meals Program
Food assistance during the Coronavirus quarantine in Houston is available at a number of Fort Bend schools.
Currently, there are 23 Fort Bend district schools that are offering free meals to students 18 and under.
The times that meals are served is 7:30 am to 9 am and 11:30 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday.
For more details contact Fort Bend ISD at 281.634.1000 or visit their website.
Things are changing by the hour, which is why it’s important to contact some of these organizations (especially the schools) prior to visiting to confirm their locations, times and dates are correct.
There are lots of food help options which can be overwhelming, so I’ll leave you with a cheat sheet of which ones you should consider depending on your specific situation:
- Seniors – Meals on Wheels, Crowdsource Rescue, Houston Food Bank, SNAP, Curbside pick-ups, Senior shopping hours, United Way, Curbside pickup at Walmart,
- Pregnant Women, Single Mothers and parents – WIC, SNAP, School grab and gos, United Way, Houston Food Bank, City of Houston Curbside pickups, Curbside pick up at Walmart
- Recently laid off – Apply for SNAP, Houston Food Bank, United Way, Curbside pickup at Walmart, United Way
- Positive and quarantined – Home delivery from Walmart, Houston Food Bank (has a program for those quarantined), Crowdsource Rescue, United Way
P.S. – If you have the time and are healthy enough to volunteer these organizations can GREATLY use the help. To learn more about ways you can help whether its volunteer work or donating call them at the numbers listed.
Nick Bryant is the author of Understanding Healthcare Is Half The Battle and a Senior Counselor with 13+ years of experience working in community health and mental health. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching WWE on Friday nights, and working toward a Google Data Analytics certification. If you have additional questions about community resources or government assistance programs, simply leave a comment below and he will follow up as soon as possible.