ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
For quick response to questions concerning food distribution please call the Fair Haven Food Pantry at: (713) 467-4363.
We serve people living in the following zip codes:
77024, 77027, 77041*, 77043, 77055, 77056, 77079, 77080 *Carverdale Only
Picture ID and Address Documentation Not Older Than 30 Days Is Required.
Pantry Hours are 10am to 2pm Monday - Friday.
More About Our Food Pantry......
The Fair Haven Food Pantry, located at 1330 Gessner Road, has been serving our community since 1975. Our mission is to provide emergency food assistance to persons in the Spring Branch/ Memorial Area until other food assistance is available, or until food assistance is no longer needed. In a typical week, 200 sacks of food will be given to families in our community.
The financial resources for operating our Food Pantry includes individual cash donations, contributions from neighborhood churches, funds from charitable organizations and businesses. The Fair Haven Food Pantry does not receive any governmental or United Way funds. Because we purchase food in large quantities at significant discounts, a monetary gift to the Food Pantry is an excellent way to optimize the effectiveness of your monetary gift. Under the Internal Revenue Service guidelines, your monetary gift is tax deductible.
Large amounts of nonperishable food are purchased from the Houston Food Bank which provides food at cost of handling or deep discounting. The Houston Food Bank also has produce available at a nominal cost. Donated food is received from individuals, businesses, schools, and service organizations. A significant amount of food received from these organizations is in the form of food drives. Grocery store dated bakery goods are donated daily. Over 90% of the food pantry monetary donations are used to purchase food. Because the Food Pantry receives a large amount of nonmonetary food donations and we have no payroll expense, the true overhead expense to value of food given ratio is far less than 10%. The Fair Haven Food Pantry is staffed entirely by 60 volunteers and offers a variety of volunteering opportunities. Volunteers are needed to interview clients, enter client data in our computer, sack groceries, pick up bakery goods at grocery stores, receive and coordinate food drives, and prepare financial data. If you would like to contribute your time or make a donation to our Food Pantry - or if you need food assistance from our pantry, please contact us at (713) 467-4363.
The Fair Haven Food Pantry is truly an ecumenical endeavor. We receive volunteers and financial support from various churches and organizations.
Spring Woods Baptist
St. Catherine of Sienna
St. Christopher Episcopal
St. Andrew Lutheran
John Knox Presbyterian
Memorial Drive Presbyterian
Spring Branch Presbyterian
Chapelwood United Methodist
Memorial Drive United Methodist
Fair Haven United Methodist
Memorial Assistance Ministries
National Charity League
Spring Branch Schools
St. Francis Episcopal School
Kinkaid Lower Elementary School
Memorial Herman Memorial City Hospital
Rotary Club of Memorial – Spring Branch
Memorial – Spring Branch Optimist Club
Exxon Mobil Foundation
Communities in Schools Houston Inc