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Bell County St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has a church that serves Bell County. The assistance is mostly material in nature, and includes free food, clothes, basic needs, vouchers and the like. There is a low cost thrift store too, with some limited financial help offered as the result of donations or the sale of goods.

The SVDP is based in Temple, but serves all of Bell County. The focus is on the most unfortunate, including poor, seniors, immigrants and others. Some one-off, unusual type help may be given out as well, such as gasoline vouchers, toys for kids (birthday or Christmas), medications or school supply items. But all resources are limited.

Free food, clothes, basic needs and goods from SVDP in Bell County

The Bell County St. Vincent de Paul emergency Food Pantry is open to the public and anyone in extreme need. The location has designated hours in which clients can stop by. The pantry may have the following supplies, based on donations, season, and other factors.

Fresh fruits and vegetables
Frozen meat
Canned fruits if there are not fresh items, and those canned fruits will be in light syrup.
Canned vegetables as well, with a variety of healthy low sodium goods
Pasta and sauce
Brown or white rice
Canned meat in water. The pantry may have tuna, chicken, beef or salmon
Peanut butter and Jelly
Dairy, yogurt, and cool items
Whole grain or whole wheat crackers or cereal

What is available each week at Society of Saint Vincent will vary. But the center is open to households across the county who are in need of emergency food (both fresh or canned) to sustain themselves. The Pantry has a goal to provide out a variety of free well-balanced food items, and meet orders of groceries from the community and keep people fed for 3 to 5 days.

The thrift shop is the main source of funding for all of the various philanthropic as well as financial aid programs in Bell County. So it pays to help the poor. The site is staffed and managed entirely by member volunteers who come from all walks of life. They work to keep the items sold fresh, clean, and in stock. They also operate the store with a smile on a daily basis. The goal is for the thrift shop to sell goods at affordable prices.




Quality merchandise is for sale on a regular basis. The SVDP Thrift store is also a free clothing closet for the very low income as well as immigrants. As very low income families can get free items, like clothes, school supplies, birthday toys, games, electronics and more. Those will be free with a voucher.

The Saint Vincent de Paul thrift store will sell many items. There are collectibles, men’s, antiques, women’s, and children’s apparel and shoes, baby clothes, books for every age, and games. Other supplies for sale may be accessories, sporting goods, house wares, linens, home decor, seasonal as well as holiday items, toys, and jewelry.

One time or emergency financial help

This is very limited in Bell County. But Saint Vincent may be able to give some emergency funds from time to time for paying bills, medical needs, gasoline for work, housing, or the like. The money is usually the result of items sold at the thrift store or donations from the public. All the money goes to help qualified clients pay their bills, with a focus on rent, utilities, or medical.

Financial aid is generally given with advice and support. As SVDP Bell County can’t pay bills indefinitely. So the applicant will need to show some ability to cover future costs. Or also contribute.

Applying to Saint Vincent in Bell County Texas

There is one main church. But referrals can be given too. The main address is St. Vincent de Paul of Greater Temple, Inc. 106 W. Avenue D Temple, Texas 76504. For details, dial (254) 773-7591.

By Jon McNamara

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