JOIN OUR TEAM? VOLUNTEERS MAKE IT POSSIBLE
Volunteers are the backbone of our entire program, and no one receives compensation. Volunteers do everything from office work to unloading trucks to food distribution. You can also work in your neighborhood or organization to raise money or collect food.
If you choose to volunteer, there are no set time parameters. It does not matter if you are putting in a little time or a lot; your intention to contribute towards a larger cause is all that matters. Your donation of time will help us achieve our goals.
Our Volunteers demonstrate:
HOW WE SERVE
We purchase and accept donated food from the East Texas Food Bank, the King’s Storehouse Food Bank, Brookshire’s, Individuals and Businesses, and various Food Pantries with excess supplies around Henderson County, Texas. We sort, organize, store, and distribute over 270,000 pounds of food to low-income families living in the Cedar Creek Lake area. The number of clients we serve has increased each year since inception.
Programs We Offer
EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE
We are led by our commitment to the mission that no one in our community should go hungry.
With a friendly smile, a heart full of love, and a bag full of staple groceries, the Community Food Pantry extends its arms wide open to those who need food support for themselves and their families. All are welcome at the Community Food Pantry in Tool.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and USDA civil rights regulations and policies, the Community Food Pantry in Tool does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
The Community Food Pantry helps connect people with benefits they may be eligible for, such as SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, helping them feed themselves and their families.
A volunteer Outreach Specialist can help those in our service area complete an application with a personal visit at our Pantry.
HEALTHY COOKING CLASSES
Food opens the heart’s doors. We conduct cooking classes and demonstrate how to make delicious meals using the same ingredients provided by the Community Food Pantry.
Sample delicious food and carry home a bag of groceries to experiment on your own. The goal is to provide education and develop self-esteem and confidence through cooking.
WEEKEND KIDS PROGRAMS
The Weekend Kids program partners with Tool Elementary School and provides nourishing meals for 44 elementary school children each weekend.
The number of children participating in this program has increased 25% since the beginning of 2021. The meals provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Friday evening through Sunday.
The Principal identifies the students with need and meals are delivered to each student every Friday. Donations may be made to the Community Food Pantry and may be designated for the Weekend Kids program.