Clear Lake Food Pantry
When the Son of Man Comes in his glory...All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another...Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father: take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you...For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me,' ..." - Matthew 25: 31-36
Hours & Requirements:
Due to the increased volume of clients serviced by the Clear Lake Food Pantry, the only new families we can accept are ones who live in the 77062, 77059, 77058, 77598, 77518, 77539, 77546, 77573, and 77586 zip codes. Our prior customers are always welcome. The Clear Lake Food Pantry is open to give out food on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8AM-11AM. No appointment is necessary. Clients are able to receive food assistance weekly. New clients must bring a driver's license or other ID and request to fill out an application. They will receive food the same day.
In 1996, the CLBC Food Ministry was founded by an individual who believed God was leading him to start a food ministry. He began making contacts with local grocery stores to get bread and bakery products. Initially, he picked up food one day a week and received approximately 6-7 boxes of bread products. As God continued to grow the ministry, more and more food of different types was given. God always provided the food before the need was revealed. He also provided a refrigerator before we received dairy products, and a freezer before we received frozen foods. By the end of 1999 pickups were made 7 days a week and other volunteers were helping.
Since the beginning of 2000, the amount of food given out increased significantly. Hungry people now came from Clear Lake, Webster, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Dickinson, Texas City, Alvin, Houston and other areas. With more and more refrigerators and freezers being donated and an obvious need for more space, the church purchased a portable building for the Pantry to use as their place of doing business.
In August, 2004, the Clear Lake Food Pantry incorporated as a faith-based non-profit charity. We wrote into our Bylaws that we would not do food drives or fund raisers ourselves, but depend on God to move in the hearts of others to give as they saw fit. God blessed the Pantry with an abundance and variety of foods. Local grocery stores, businesses, church groups, public and private school classes and community organizations did food drives for us or gave individually. At one point, 25 other ministries picked up food from the Pantry building, including ministries to the homeless, chemically dependent, battered women, crisis pregnancies, a Mexican mission, and families who live and work on garbage dumps in Mexico. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans we gave groceries to streams of refugees. After Rita hit Houston one or two volunteers were able to get enough food to give to those coming to the Pantry building and took food to shelters. We were the first responders to Bacliff, where many flood victims were stranded.
In 2009 approximately 350-400 families per week came to the Pantry building for food. Many of these receive food every week, others for only a few weeks until they could find employment or recover from a family crisis. We had almost 2,000 new families who applied at the Pantry by the end of the year, most of them from outside the Clear Lake area. At that point we had to make a difficult choice -- to decrease the number of new families by decreasing the zip codes we would accept new families from. This policy was put in place in January of 2010. So that no one would go away hungry, we researched and found pantries in other zip codes. When someone comes from "out of area" we give them food that one time along with a list of pantries in their area. God has blessed this decision – we are able to handle increasing numbers of families in the Clear Lake area who have suffered layoffs and reduced hours during this time of economic crisis and continue to take food to our ministries in Galveston, Dickinson and one part of inner-city Houston.
God is always at work and He abundantly blesses the Food Ministry! Several churches of various denominations in the Clear Lake Area are joining with us in various ways to help the hungry. Our church has opened up the Fellowship Hall on Pantry days, and volunteers serve patrons coffee, lemonade and cookies. Children get pages to color and books in Spanish and English to read while they wait.
To Receive Food:
Come to the Fellowship Hall at Clear Lake Baptist Church (El Dorado entrance) and take a number from the desk by the door. If you are new (never picked up food at the Pantry) and live in zip code 77058, 77059, 77062, 77598, 77518, 77539, 77546, 77573, or 77586, ask one of the volunteers for an application, and fill it out.
If you live "Out of Area" and have not been to the pantry before, ask for and complete that form, then wait to be called. We will be able to assist you once, and then possibly refer you to another pantry in your area.
Just show up Monday or Thursday morning, or contact Wanda McMahon (below).
Non-perishables may be left on the loading dock on weekday or Saturday mornings. PLEASE leave your name and phone number or address so we can thank you! Donations are tax deductible. Contact us if you need to make other arrangements.
Wanda McMahon, 281-486-4943, firstname.lastname@example.org