COVID-19 Resources: Food

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For more ways to get help for COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 Resources page.

Houston Area School Districts

Houston Independent School District

The Houston Independent School District will begin providing the Summer Meals Program for all children ages 1 to 18. This year, the meals will be distributed curbside to adhere to social distancing requirements.

Beginning June 1, families will be able to pick up boxed student meals twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays at one of 68 designated schools across the district. Each box will contain a day’s worth of meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack. Pick up sites will provide parents with multiple boxes — three on Mondays and four on Thursdays — for each child.

Boxes will be provided for all children in the vehicle at pickup. Children are not required to be present, but parents must have proof of enrollment in any school district (report card, student id, etc.) or birth certificate.

Dates and times are listed on HISD’s website.

View more district information at houstonisd.org/HealthAlerts, including a list of meal sites.

Other Area School Districts

List of area ISD meal distribution locations here.

Dunaway Associates has also developed an interactive map where residents can search for Texas COVID-19 School Services.

Houston Parks and Recreation Department Curbside Meals

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) has a Curbside Meal Program for Youth.

HPARD’s Curbside Meal Program for Youth is for ages 1 to 18.  Meals have a snack and lunch.  Food is given out Monday-Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. There are 50 HPARD Community Centers where food is given out: See the full HPARD Curbside Meals Program Site List. 

Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank website has a lot of ways you can get help from them: https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/covid19/

Gallery Furniture

Attention Houston Seniors and Disabled Citizens: fill out a form in order to request and receive a care package of toiletries and other non perishable foods delivered to your front door from Gallery Furniture. Click here to submit your request today.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale are asking people to drop off non-perishable items like soup, protein bars, packages of tuna, and new toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, baby wipes, and diapers at Gallery Furniture’s three locations. Volunteers will deliver the collected items to housebound seniors and families with young children whose schools have temporarily closed. People who need supplies or wish to donate should call 713-694-5570 or drop off non-perishable items at Gallery Furniture’s three locations.

More information is available on the company’s COVID-19 information web page.

The Beacon

The Beacon is offering to-go meals seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The sacks will include enough food for two meals, a drink and hand wipes. Housing assessments are available Monday through Friday starting at 10:30 a.m. on a limited basis. Laundry and shower services will also be made available, but on a limited basis. The City of Houston and the Downtown Management District have installed a hand-washing station in front of their facility.

Learn more on The Beacon’s website.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston

The BGCGH has set up a drive-thru pantry to safely deliver food to families. Staff will load your vehicle with up to a week’s worth of healthy food options. The final distribution day is Friday, March 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. while supplies last.

Online learning platforms are also made available for members.

Visit the BGCGH’s website for more information.

Kids' Meals

Kids’ Meals offers meals to underprivileged preschoolers in Houston, which are delivered door-to-door. Each meal consists of a protein, a healthy snack and a juice. In addition, they deliver up to three grocery bags a week to their families.

Visit the Kids’ Meal website.

Target Hunger

Target Hunger has changed most food assistance operations to drive-thru distributions with items being loaded in car trunks as well as enhanced safety protocols.

According to CEO Sandra Wicoff, as of March 24, double food distributions were delivered to 343 senior households and pantry clients increased by 33 percent. Its food fairs served 600 emergency clients in addition to regular clients and mobile distributions provided food for nearly 1,000 people.

To sign up, visit Target Hunger Houston’s website.

Texas Meal Finder

Hoonuit has deployed the School Meal Finder to enable students and families who rely on schools for meal benefits to find their nearest pickup program. The food locator is available to anyone in the United States at no cost.

West Houston Assistance Ministries

If you need help during this Covid-19 crisis, we are here for you. We have modified how we provide our services, to protect staff, volunteers and you, our clients. Find out how, and when you can receive assistance by visiting our Care Ministry page.

Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry

The pantry will continue to be open during our normal hours:  Thursdays, 5-7 PM and Saturdays, 10 AM – Noon, but will distribute pre-bagged groceries to clients. Learn more on the Food Pantry’s website.

Katy Christian Ministries

Provides food and personal care items, including a one-time emergency portion of food to non-clients. For ongoing assistance call 281-391-9623. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 5506 First St., Katy. (Park in front of the food pantry and a pantry worker will come out to you.) It is also accepting handmade masks for its volunteers and staff. Information: ktcm.org/foodpantry/

Montgomery County Food Bank

Visit mcfoodbank.org for a list of 50 food providers in Montgomery County, or call 936-271-8800.

Clear Lake Food Pantry

Open 8-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays for people in 77058, 77059, 77062 and 77598 ZIP codes at Clear Lake Baptist Church, 15700 Space Center Blvd. Call 281-488-3736 or visit their website.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Offers food, rent and utilities assistance. Apply online at svdphouston.org/get-help or call the helpline 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 713-741-8234.

Northwest Assistant Ministries

Offers help with rent, food, clothing and other basic needs, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at 15555 Kuykendahl Road. Call 281-885-4555. (NAM has no more rental assistance for April.)

CrowdSource Rescue

The elderly in need can get food bank deliveries through this Houston-based nonprofit. To sign up for food deliveries go to crowdsourcerescue.com.

Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

Thank you for your interest in the MOPD Food Access Program (FAP). The program has ended as of May 8, 2020. MOPD staff is collaborating with community partners to identify additional food security opportunities during the COVID-19 emergency. Please visit www.houstontx.gov/disabilities for updates.

  • People with disabilities 60-years-of-age or older may qualify for food security assistance from the Harris County Area Agency on Aging. Please call 832-393-4301 for more information.
  • Individuals with disabilities may qualify for food security assistance through the Coalition for Barrier Free Living/The Houston Center for Independent Living food pantry. In addition, rental and utility assistance may be available for individuals with disabilities that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call HCIL for more information at 713-974-4621, video phone 346-231-0641.
  • The Houston Food Bank Help Line can be reached by calling 832-369-9390. More Houston Food Bank resources are available at www.houstonfoodbank.org/covid19/.
  • Additional food security resources will be posted on the MOPD emergency readiness page as they become available.