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As some Houstonians find themselves struggling to find food for the holiday season, many organizations plan to host events to provide groceries or hot meals during the weeks leading up to Christmas Day.

Harris County has a food insecurity rate of 13.8 percent, according to Feeding America, meaning that many Houstonians don’t have access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.

Here’s where you can receive a meal or groceries in the coming weeks:

Bread of Life

Time: 8 a.m. to noon

Date: Dec. 16

Place: 2019 Crawford Street

Bread of Life will host a food distribution from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 2019 Crawford Street. The organization will provide boxes of non-perishable foods and toiletries. Individuals can receive food in a drive-through style and have food placed in their vehicles, or can walk into the location and pick it up.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon

Date: Dec. 16

Place: Mamie George Community Center, 1111 Collins Road, Richmond, Texas, 77469

Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Date: Dec. 20-21

Place: Guadalupe Center Market, 326 S. Jensen Dr. Houston, 77003

Catholic Charities will host a drive-thru food distribution from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at its Mamie George Community Center in Richmond, Texas.

Additionally, individuals can go to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s Guadalupe Center Market for food on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21. The food pantry will be open for walk-in clients.

Individuals can also call the organization’s Galveston Beacon of Hope Isle Market to book an appointment to access their food pantry by calling 409-762-2064.

Typically, the organization asks individuals to present an ID with an address in order to track who has been served during the distributions.

City Wide Club of America’s Christmas Super Feast

Time: 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

Date: Dec. 23

Place: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, 77010

City Wide Club of America will host its annual Christmas Super Feast from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., Dec. 23 at George R. Brown Convention Center. The event will have a drive-up option to pick up groceries. Additionally, City Wide will be serving hot meals during the event. People who sit and dine can also look through donations while there. 

Food Not Bombs - Houston

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Dec. 24
550 McKinney St., Houston, 77002

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Dec. 25
Place: 550 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77002

Houston’s Food Not Bombs organization will host food distributions starting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 at 550 McKinney St., Houston, 77002. The organization will provide vegan and vegetarian food options, mixed fruits, rice and more. The organization also hosts weekly food distributions on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at the same time and location. 

Salvation Army Houston Area Command

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Date: Dec. 25

Place: Conroe Community Center, 304 Avenue E. Conroe, Texas

The Salvation Army Houston Area Command will provide meals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Day at its Conroe Community Center. The event is open to the public and individuals do not have to bring anything in order to be served.

If your organization is providing groceries or hot meals for Christmas, and you’re interested in being included, please email me at [email protected].

​​Hi! My name is Angelica Perez, and I am one of Abdelraoufsinno’s Civic Engagement reporters. I write explainers and guides on all types of things, from how the city maintains roadway stripes to how to navigate the naturalization process. ¡También hablo español! ¿Qué te gustaría leer? What questions do you have about Houston? Email me your ideas at [email protected].

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Angelica Perez is a civic engagement reporter for the Abdelraoufsinno. A Houston native, she is excited to return to the city after interning at The Dallas Morning News as a breaking news intern in the...