How Will YOU Get Involved?
Since its founding in 1990, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry (EFBHNM) has been serving the basic human needs of families in our community in temporary financial crisis. Development Director Stacey Williams says, “We are not your typical food pantry. In addition to the generous donations of individuals, churches and other groups, East Fort Bend receives regular orders of meat, eggs and fresh produce from area grocery stores. Families can receive up to four full food orders in a year, or one supplemental order a week. These orders are tailored to the size and special needs of the household, and they include laundry detergent and toiletry items. Kids snacks are included to families with children, and we provide a ‘Birthday Bag’ when there’s a birthday—complete with an age appropriate toy and cake! We distribute holiday food baskets during Christmas and Thanksgiving, and we also participate in Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy Program.”
Recognizing that basic human needs include more than food, the Financial Assistance Program at EFBHNM provides help with mortgage or rent, utilities, and approved prescription expenses. East Fort Bend’s resale shop, Tri-City Churches Resale Shop, has been voted “Best Bargain Shopping Store in Fort Bend” by Fort Bend Focus readers multiple times. One hundred percent of the resale shop proceeds go directly to support the EFBHNM programs. The newest support initiative is the annual Outrun Hunger 5K fun run hosted in Johnson Development’s Harvest Green. In 2019, Outrun Hunger raised more than $20,000.
Over the past 30 years, East Fort Bend has distributed nearly $13 million dollars worth of food and $3 million in financial assistance right here in our community! How can you become part of this three decade tradition of neighbors helping neighbors? Stacey says, “Both the food pantry and resale shop are dependent on volunteers like you, plus monetary, food and resale shop donations are always welcome. We also invite you to participate in one of our fundraising events. Empty Bowls, our largest fundraiser of the year, is coming up on March 27th. Last year’s event raised more than $192,000. Our goal is to raise even more this year to help families in need. It’s a wonderful evening out, and you’ll really get a chance to see what EFBHNM is all about!”
For Empty Bowls tickets, visit www.humanneeds.org/tickets.
For more information and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.humanneeds.org/sponsor-empty-bowls or contact Stacey Williams: Stacey@humanneeds.org.
East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Inc.
435 Stafford Run, Stafford, Texas 77477