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Hidalgo County food pantries.

Tens of thousands of families in Hidalgo County struggle to buy groceries every month. Dozens of food pantries try to provide assistance to help these individuals make it through a difficult time. There may be assistance provided to children, the homebound in the form of Meals on Wheels, and food for the homeless.

With almost one half of children living in food insecure households, many of the charity run food banks offer much more than just a bag of groceries. They may help the family obtain shelter, access personal hygiene items or apply for financial aid. A large number of the pantry clients also get get help in enrolling into SNAP food stamps or USDA free school lunch programs, among other services.

Most of the Hidalgo County centers do not publish their phone numbers, but the locations are below. Food is also only passed out to families once or twice a week, as hours are limited. Whether someone is a single parent, new immigrant to the county, or living in poverty, the food banks below may help.

Abundant Grace Community Church
Address is 2110 South McColl Road
Edinburg, Texas 78539
(956) 381-0622
A small, emergency pantry may have non-perishable items, baby formula, fruits, and more.

Amor En Accion (Iglesia Camino de Salvacion)
Location is 305 North Bridge Avenue
Weslaco, Texas
There is support for the low income, including single moms. Food, household goods, counseling, and applications to WIC vouchers may be offered. Click here single mom assistance programs.

The Lord’s Pantry
1105 South International Boulevard (FM1015)
Weslaco, Texas
The charity is only open on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Volunteers may offer Hidalgo County residents a free box of groceries.




Bishop Enrique San Pedro Ozanam Center
656 North Minnesota Avenue
Brownsville, Texas 78521
Main phone - (956) 831-6331
Assistance includes gently used clothes, food, shelter, and rent help.

Food Bank Of The Rio Grande Social Services Outreach Program
Address: 724 N. Cage Blvd
Pharr, TX 78577
(956) 631-5009
The case managers can help low income families apply for benefits such as SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid. TANF grants, and WIC vouchers. They also partner with soup kitchens and food banks in Hidalgo County.

4200 N. McColl Rd.
McAllen, Texas 78804
A faith based charity that offers a hand up and not a hand out. Proof of income and self-sufficiency is required for an emergency box of food.

Abundant Life Church
101 N. Harlingen
Texas 78550
Volunteers from the church may serve a hot meal. The homeless may be given a blanket, and seniors can have food brought to them.

Angeles En Accion
7500 W. Expressway 83
Palmview, Texas 78574
The charity helps people of all religions and backgrounds.

Christ The King Church
Food pantry location is 2255 Southmost Road
Brownsville, Texas 78520

El Calvario Church
Location is 1157 E. Monroe
Brownsville, Texas 78520




Feed My Sheep/Baptist Temple
2001 Trenton
McAllen, Texas 78501
Food bank hours are 1st & 3rd Thursday from 9:00am-11:00 am.

First Baptist
600 S. Kansas
Weslaco, Texas 78596
A Community Food Pantry is on site. Canned goods, dairy, fruits, and paper products may be offered in Hidalgo County.

Templo Paraiso
The location is 1/4 mile north of Jaime’s Restaurant on Bogambilla
Sullivan City, TX
Pantry Hours Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm.

Arca Food Pantry
Weslaco, TX
The site is open 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month 10:00am-12:00pm and location is North of mile 12 and mile west of mile 6.
The site may also serve hot meals, snacks to students when out of school, or offer school supplies such as notebooks.

First Lutheran Church
Mailing address - 302 S. Sugar Road
Edinburg, Texas 78539
Saturday morning only from 9am-11am. Clients include the job less and children that need a snack.

First United Methodist Church
Location - 1101 Doherty
Mission, Texas 78572
Hours of the charity are 1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month.

Flame Of Truth
Address: 732 Eldora Road
Donna, Texas 78537
From 9:30am-12:00pm the case managers at the pantry hold a nutrition meeting. This will show parents how to prepare a meal or shop for groceries. Free food boxes may be given too.

Food For Hunger
Address: 1115 S. Maryland
Alton, Texas 78573
Applications to SNAP food stamps, holiday meals, and boxes of Christmas food may be offered. They partner with non-profits in Hidalgo to feed the hungry.





Holy Spirit Church
2201 Martin Ave.
McAllen, Texas 78501
Monday and Wednesday, open all day.

The Salvation Army Of Mcallen
1600 N. 23rd St.
McAllen, Texas 78501
Phone number - 956-682-1468
There is a free lunch and dinner served at12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Other services include a food pantry, back to school supplies, and financial help for paying bills.

Iglesia Pentecosta Unida
Address - 2418 Beaumont
McAllen, Texas 78501

Iglesia Pentecostes Rosa De Saron
Corner of Richardson Rd. & Doolittle
Edinburg, Texas 78541
The center is open the last Wednesday of each month.

Mary Mother Of The Church
1914 Barnard
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Emergency bags of groceries, information on shelter, and Thanksgiving meals may be served.

Open Hands Community Charitable Services
Location of the charity - 301 S. 17th Street
Donna, Texas 78537
The staff refer clients to financial aid. There is also a free food bank for crisis situations.

Pharr Food Pantry (Centro Cristiano Libertad)
614 West Hawk
Pharr, TX
Hours of operation - 4th Saturday of the month.

Sharing & Caring Food Pantry
602 East Boone
Pharr, Texas
Hours are Friday afternoon. Both groceries, job placement, and meals are served by the soup kitchen at the Hidalgo County pantry. Case managers support the working poor.

Our Lady Of Good Counsel
Location - 1055 Military Hwy
Brownsville, Texas 78520

Our Lady Queen Of Angels
Address: 916 S. Leo Ave.
La Joya, Texas 78560
The pantry staff is on site on Wednesday 2pm-5pm & Saturday 8:00am-11:00am. Free food, hot meals, snacks for students out of school, and other aid is provided.

Portway Baptist Church
2005 N. Minnesota
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Meals and food services are for Spanish speaking families in Hidalgo County too. There may be rice, breads, and canned food.





Primera Iglesia Bautista
Main address: 401 E. Old 83
Alamo, Texas 78516
Another site is S. from Hwy 83 to 6th Street, La Joya, Texas 78560. It is open Tuesday from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Queen Of Peace Outreach Ministries
1605 New Combes Hwy
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Clients can learn about USDA programs such as commodity foods or apply for a box of groceries. There may also be clothing or school supplies for children.

Resurrection Food Pantry
219 N. 9th
Alamo, TX 78516
The food bank is on open 3rd Saturday of every month 7:30am-8:30am.

Loaves And Fishes Of The Rio Grande Valley
514 South E Street
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (956) 423-1014
The faith based charity offers free food in Hidalgo County, shelter, and job placement counseling, among other programs.

San Martin De Porres
Location - 621 W. Main Street
Alton, Texas 78573
Hours are Wednesday of the month 9:00am – 11:30am.

St. Anne's Church
Fir Street & Juarez
Pharr, Texas 78577

St. George Orthodox Church
Address: 704 W. Sam Houston
Pharr, Texas 78577
Pantry is open Wednesdays from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

St. John's Church
216 W. 1st Street
San Juan, Texas 78589
Must have proof of San Juan residency. If so, healthy food is offered. Or applicants may get referrals to human services.

St. Johns Episcopal Church
2500 N. 10th Street
McAllen, Texas 78501
Monday – Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

St. Pius X Catholic Church
S. of Old 83 & west of Texas
Weslaco, Texas 78596
The pantry is open 2nd & 4th Saturday of every month 9:00am – 12:00pm. There are also Easter and Thanksgiving food baskets, hygiene items, and assistance for the elderly in the parish.

SVDP/St. Joseph Church
115 W. Champion
Edinburg, Texas 78539
Emergency financial aid, household goods from a thrift store, and food is available.

St. Jude
Address is at the Rear of Capilla, at rear of Capilla “Madre Cabrini”
8001 S. South Cage
Las Milpas, Texas 78577
It is open on Tuesday and Thursday.

United/LATrinidad Methodist Church
Location: 205 E. Warren Pharr
Texas 78577





El Mesias Methodist Church
209 E. 6th Street
Mission, Texas 78572
Free food is only distributed on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Groceries include fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, and maybe even infant formula for single mothers.

St. Joseph The Worker/Hope Clinic
Main address - 2332 Jordan
McAllen, Texas 78501
Monday and Wednesday from 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm

Good Neighbor Settlement House
Food bank address - 1254 East Tyler Street
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Phone: (956) 542-2368
Basic needs are met. They offer after-school tutoring and snacks for children. There is also food, free school supplies, and other help for the needy and disabled.

First Baptist Church
1033 West Bowie & S.F.M. 907
Alamo, TX

Jordan Food Pantry
740 W. Birch, Alamo TX
The center is only open the last Saturday of every month.

San Pablo United Methodist Church
1002 W. Birch
Alamo, Texas
3rd Saturday of the month 10:00am-11:00am (emergencies)

Casa De David
21 San Marcos Street
Edinburg, Texas
A soup kitchen and food pantry are on site.

St. Vincent De Paul (St. Joseph’s Church)
Location is 114 West Fay
Edinburg, Texas
Seniors and the disabled that meet income limits can apply for Meals on Wheels. There is also a thrift store that has furniture, work and school clothes, and more. Some families may receive a grant or referrals to Hidalgo County social services.

His Hands, Inc.
Location is Mile South of 107 on Salida Del Sol Rd. (west of Tom Gill Rd.)
Penitas, TX

The Lords House of Spirit & Praise
921 N. 4th Street
Edinburg, TX
The charity will also use volunteers to deliver low cost meals to the homebound.

Villarreal Food Pantry
Mailing address - 4014 North Doolittle Rd.
Edinburg, Texas

Faysville United Methodist Church
Address - 110 E. Jefferson Ave.
Faysville, Texas
The emergency pantry is open on the 2nd to the last Saturday of the month.

Ministerio Restauracion Familiar Siloe
5th Street West
La Joya, TX
Immigrants can get free food as well as other needy families. There may also be soup, shampoo, and cleaning supplies.

Shining Light’s Helping Hand
6 1/2 Mile Doffing Rd. (Hwy. 492)
Mission, TX
Free food as well as clothing and more is available Donations allow this Hidalgo County site to operate. The charity is open on Thursday per month.

Iglesia de Cristo
Address: 320 Denny
Las Milpas, TX

Dorcas of the Seventh Day Adventist
1217 N. 27 1/2 St.
McAllen, Texas
A food bank is available. Applicants need proof of income and residency. The hours are the 3rd Saturday of the month from 3:00pm-5:00pm.




El Divino Redentor UMC
2421 Maple Ave
McAllen, TX
Pantry hours - 3rd Saturday of the month 9:00am-12:00pm

First Christian Church
1400 N. 10th
McAllen, Texas
Assists residents of all faiths. Dairy, rice, cereal, coffee, and more is provided.

Iglesia Pentecostal Unida
Main address: 2418 W. Beaumont
McAllen, Texas
Open 1st Wednesday of the Month 1:00pm-5:00pm.

Baskets Full, Inc.
400 Sixth St.
Mercedes, TX
Free fresh and non-perishable food. They try to meet dietary requirements as well, especially for the elderly and pregnant women in Hidalgo County.

Bread of Life
1047 West 3rd Street
Mercedes, TX
A local soup kitchen.

Iglesia Bautista Cristo El Rey
Address: 1600 E. Bus 83
Mercedes, Texas
Migrants can get food, clothes, boots, hats, and more. There is information in job placement too, as well as referrals to assistance for immigrants.

Luz Para Las Naciones
915 West Expressway 83
Mercedes, Texas
The site is available Wednesday & Friday 10:00am-2:00pm.

Templo Ejercito de Dios
Location is 1008 N. Conway
Mercedes, Texas
Open - 2nd Saturday of the month.

Servicios a la Comunidad Maranatha
1725 W. Griffin Parkway
Mercedes, TX
A couple days worth of canned or fresh food is offered. It is also a client choice pantry.

Trinity Worship Center
4801 N. Cage Blvd.
Pharr, Texas
A student can be given a snack, and a qualified, low income parent a box of food to last for a few days or so.

Luz de la Vida
Address: 2220 Scott Lane
Palmview, TX





St. Anne’s Church
710 East Lucas
Pharr, TX
The church staff can provide free groceries, counseling, and more on all days except Tuesdays.

St. Margaret Church
224 N. Aster St.
Pharr, Texas
Food pantry can assist on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Paper goods, hygiene items, and other boxes of food may also be available.

Capilla Santa Cecilia Food Pantry
Calle Monte Calvario
Monte Christo, TX

Iglesia Pentecostes Nueva Vida
Address: mile W. of Conway on Mile 3
Palmhurst, Texas
The charity is open Tuesdays.

Angeles En Accion
7500 West Expressway 83
Palmview, Texas
Hours are 1st & Last Wednesday of the month 10:00am-11:00am.

Weslaco Community Food Pantry
600 South Kansas Ave
Weslaco, Texas
Hours: 2nd Thursday of the Month 8:30am-10:30am - on months with 5 Thursdays, distribution is 3rd Thursday

Penitas Care Ministries
1817 Reagan Street (1/2 a mile of Expwy 83 on FM-1427)
Penitas, Texas

God’s Powerhouse
1308 South “I” Road
Pharr, Texas
Last Tuesday of every month 4:00pm-6:00pm

Templo Bethel
400 South “I” Road
Pharr, Texas
Various resources are available.

United Methodist Church
119 East Kelly
Pharr, TX
There is an emergency pantry on site. They also participate in holiday meals, mostly at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Referrals are also given to other Hidalgo County government benefit programs.

Puerta Abierta
Location is Mile N. of 281 on Gonzalez Rd.
Progreso, TX
Non-English speakers can get food, referrals, and more.

Iglesia Bautista Monte Horeb
Address: 2210 Fresno
McAllen, Texas
The charity serves the vulnerable in the community. Whether it is a piece of clothing or box of food, assistance is available from caring staff.

Dorcas Sirviendo a la Comunidad (7th Adventist)
Pantry location - 113 West 2nd St.
San Juan, TX

El Buen Samaritano 2 Miles North on Samano Rd.
Sullivan City, Texas
It is open on the 1st & 4th Wednesday of the month.

Sacred Heart Church
320 S. 15th Street
McAllen, Texas 78501
There is a small pantry open Tuesday and Wednesday.

San Felipe De Jesus
2215 Rancho Viejo
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Everything from a holiday meal (such as meat at Christmas) or a low cost bag of food is passed out. They rely on donations from stores such as Target and local restaurants.

For the locations of other pantries, dial 956.682.8101. Or low income families can be referred to TEFAP - Emergency Food Program, the Kids Cafe which feeds children, or other government funded programs.


By Jon McNamara

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