Our Mission, simply defined, is to fulfill the plans that God has laid out for us in Psalm 82:3-4; “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked (poverty).”
Hunger is often invisible; yet it exists among us. As a community, we must address the root causes: lack of opportunity, inadequate education, lack of job training and poverty itself are obstacles we want to help individuals and families overcome. We focus on feeding the hungry now and finding solutions for the people we assist to help them overcome the grip of poverty.
For many single parents that are working, childcare and housing costs leave little money for food, healthcare, and other vital needs. Housing costs result in the poor having to pay greater portions of their income for substandard housing.
This year, we have changed our distribution model. We are now completely mobile. Please see the Mobile Distribution Tab for the scheduled distributions near you. In addition, we are working with other agencies in the community to assist with blood pressure checks, health information and as many other services as we can orchestrate during the distributions.
Our Empowerment Programs are not just feel-good, information gathering meetings. Our focus is to provide people with real and practical steps to get out of poverty. We are making progress, but there is still a long way to go to reach the level of impact we are working to achieve. Please check the Empowerment Tab for detailed program information.
Our resale store, Things from the Heart, helps many families in the community. We assist families with clothing and household items. The store also provides income to the pantry that is used to purchase food. Please check the Resale Store Tab for detailed information.
Each year our Toys from the Heart program provides Christmas to hundreds (a growing number) of children that are “homeless” or families going through difficulties that would otherwise not know the joy of Christmas.
Your donations give hope and new life to those who receive help and training through this ministry.
Your support feeds families and assists in funding programs that help thousands of people avoid health issues and other problems associated with poverty. We could not address these needs without your generosity and support.
We exist to meet poverty and hunger head on and overcome it.
Our mission is to feed, clothe, empower and advocate for families in need in our community, demonstrating to them the love of God.
Every month Shepherd’s Heart serves thousands of families to protect their children from being without food. For many single parents that are working, childcare and housing costs leave little money for food, healthcare, and other vital needs. Hunger is often invisible, yet it exists among us.
Covid-19 has caused many people to revise how they do their jobs. The food pantry has become one of those changes. We have changed our distribution model. We are now completely mobile. Items may vary each week, but we will have a variety of canned goods, boxed and dry staple items, meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Please see the Mobile Distribution Tab for the scheduled distributions near you.
In addition, we are working with other agencies in the community to assist with blood pressure checks, health information and as many other services as we can orchestrate during the distributions.In addition, we provide home delivery to over 750 seniors over the age of 60. Nearly one in every six seniors faces the threat of hunger and not being properly nourished. Food is delivered twice each month to those in the program. Just like our other food service, we provide a variety of canned goods, boxed and dry staple items, meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Please call 254-722-9517 to get more information.
The poverty rate in our area is twice the national average; more specifically, there are over 40,000 people affected by “food insecurity” in our community; 41% of those people are children who must rely on adults to provide for them. When low food security exists, the ability to maintain good nutrition and health becomes a serious problem for all age groups.
Hunger is often invisible, yet it exists among us.
Every month Shepherd's Heart serves thousands of families to protect their children from being without food.
45% of the families we serve have jobs that just don't pay enough.
We exist to meet poverty and hunger head on and overcome it.
You are invited to just show up at the pantry or you can call ahead (254-722-9517).
Shepherd's Heart is staffed with volunteers, individuals, and groups that wish to make a difference in the lives of others.
We have changed our distribution model from 4 distributions per month at the pantry to 16 mobile distributions.
We receive food donations daily that need to be processed to support our food distributions. Last year we received 1.4 million lbs. of food from our community that we need to check and prepare for our mobile distributions and or prepare for delivery to the 750 homebound seniors to whom we deliver groceries twice each month.
We always need drivers that can deliver groceries (locally) to seniors. Spearhead a food collection drive at your work or church. Each week we serve 500 to 600 families, over 30,000 lbs. of food. Food drives can be fun and very effective.
Volunteering at the pantry is about touching people's lives and feeding hungry families so that we find ways to connect with them and educate them out of poverty and the "poverty mindset". Another very effective way to help is to donate money. With our buying power, we can out produce any and every food drive. $50 feeds a family for a Month.
$50 a month gives hope to a family. Together we help families get past their crisis and back on their feet.
Together we reclaim hope lost by unexpected events and give it back to families. The value of volunteering far exceeds the time spent.
Hope given multiplies. As we share, together we lift the outlook of an entire community.