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Free emergency food pantries and groceries Cameron County.

Find information on many of the food pantries in Cameron County as well as details on government hunger prevention programs, such as WIC or SNAP food stamps. Clients can be low income families, senior citizens, or really anyone that is facing some type of hardship. Each one of the staff members at these free food banks, pantries or soup kitchens near you will do their best to help residents in need and not turn them away. Find details below or a phone number at the bottom of the page for more pantries and food programs.

Whether it is a box of groceries or applications to state of Texas food stamps, these pantries are often the place to turn to. There are centers across Brownsville, Harlingen, and other cities in Cameron County. Most are open limited hours, but based on donation levels, some of the supplies and programs may include Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, boxes of food, clothing, Christmas meals, and even financial support.

Rather than face hunger, call upon one of the food pantries below. While they can help in an emergency, it is often best to contact them for help before a crisis occurs.

Vera Naumann Family Pantry -  Loaves and Fishes
514 South E Street
Harlingen, Texas 78550

Salvation Army Food Bank
201 East Monroe Street
Harlingen, TX, 78550
Programs include a food pantry and thrift store. There may be Christmas meals and gifts for children, back to school supplies, and hot meals for the homeless and elderly. Thanksgiving turkey dinners are served too. Other social services are also run.

Good Neighbor Settlement House, Inc.
1254 East Tyler Street
Brownsville, Texas, 78520
Clothing as well as food is available. They also provide help to the homeless.




Bishop Enrique San Pedro, Ozanam Center
656 North Minnesota Avenue
Brownsville, TX, 78520
The charity offers shelter, food from a pantry, hole delivery of meals to the elderly, and other services.

Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services
1225 North Expressway
Brownsville, TX, 78520
The main government agency. There are resources for the unemployed, very low income, and families in poverty. There is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, free breakfast or lunches and more.

Blessings from God Food pantry
1300 North Austin St.
Cameron, TX 76520
The charity has everything from Rice, Pasta, to paper goods, soap, detergency, and other free items.

SVDP of Brownsville and Harlingen
The faith based charity is a Society of Saint Vincent churches. Free personal hygiene items, toiletries, food from a pantry and more. There may be fresh produce to families with children, Canned chicken or other meats, dairy and other items. More on food assistance from Society of Saint Vincent Cameron County.

Faith Pleases God
501 W Expressway 83,
Harlingen, TX 78552
There is a free food pantry. Groceries, fresh items, canned goods and more are part of the food distribution every Friday from 8 AM till 1 PM





Harmony School of Innovation Brownsville
Location is 3451 Dana Ave.
Brownsville, TX
Call 956-544-1348
Hot meals are served.

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley
724 North Cage Blvd.
Pharr, Texas
For referrals, dial 956-682-8101
They only offer referrals to other assistance programs in Cameron County. Find churches, charities, USDA programs or Meals on Wheels among other resources. All referrals are free.

Christ the King Food Pantry
Address is 2255 Southmost Rd.
Brownsville, Texas 78521
(956) 546-1982
Free boxes of food, non-perishable items, and social services are on site.

El Calvario
Pantry address is 157 E. Monroe
Bownsvile, TX

Brownsville Baptist Church
5 N Wilson Ave
Brownsville, TX 38012
Main phone - (731) 772-9753

Dorcas of Brownsville
3515 Old Highway 77
Brownsville, Texas
Information on pantries, financial aid, blankets for the homeless, and free food is on site.

First Umc-St. Stephens Society
Port Isabel, TX 78578
Main phone - 956-943-2485

First Presbyterian Church
Address of food bank - 102 E 4th St
Cameron, TX 76520
(254) 697-2686
Hot meals are served, including around the holiday. The pantry may also have paper products, groceries, and boxes of food or baby formula. A second location is at 435 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, TX, dial (956) 542-0468 for hours.





Good Shepherd
Address is 2645 Tulipan St.
Brownsville, TX 78521
Phone - (956) 542-5142

Tip of Texas Family Outreach
Address is 455 E Levee St
Brownsville, TX
(956) 541-5566
The charity has volunteers to help feed the hungry. They focus on the working poor as well as children and seniors in Cameron County.

Iglesia Bautista
925 W St Charles St
Brownsville, TX
Main phone - (956) 546-3607
There are free hot meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to the low income. They assist immigrants (documented or not), Spanish speakers and others get food, personal toiletries, housing and more.

Shepherd of the Valley
214 E. Price Rd.
Stop by to use the pantry. Clients come from all ages and religions. The disabled may have food delivered, and they also offer referrals.

Mary Mother of the Church
Address 1914 Barnard Rd
Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 546-3800
An emergency food pantry is on site.

Our Lady of Good Counsel
1055 Military Rd
Brownsville, TX 78520
Telephone - (956) 541-8341

Portway Baptist Church
2000 N. Minnisota
The church has a pantry, which is open limited hours, at this address.

San Felip de Jesus
Location is 2217 Rancho Viejo Ave
Brownsville, TX 78526
Phone - (956) 546-7999
A leading non-profit that has food to tackle hunger in Cameron County.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Address is 1626 Taft St
Brownsville, TX 78521
Dial (956) 542-3869
Programs include a thrift store, food pantry, and soup kitchen.

Our Lady Of Good Counsel
Brownsville, Texas 78520
(956) 541-8341
Call for hours. Boxes of groceries, canned food, Thanksgiving turkeys and other assistance is on site.







Los Fresnos Community Food Pantry
Los Fresnos, Texas 78566
Main phone - 1-844-532-3663

Reaching The Hungry Ministries
Laguna Heights, TX 78597
Easter and holiday food baskets are combined with meals and boxes of groceries.

Ozanam Center
Address is 656 N Minnesota Ave
Brownsville, TX
Main phone - (956) 831-6331
Get everything from household supplies (including for kitchen) to boxes of food, clothes, or financial help. Spaghetti, Spam, Meat, Ensure for the elderly, and nutritional support is all arranged.

Additional free food programs in Cameron County

Struggling and low income households can get other help too. For additional assistance or referrals, call an intake line at 956-682-8101. Families may be referred to free pantries or soup kitchens near you, or they can get support in applying for USDA food stamps or other government benefits.


By Jon McNamara

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