The Serve and Lift Center:
Food for the Body, Food for the Soul
The J.E and L.E. Mabee Foundation, well known for supporting capital projects that benefit communities throughout Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas, has awarded Catholic Charities a $900,000 challenge grant in support of building out the food pantry. This is an exciting and inspiring commitment on their part, and we are eager to “meet the challenge”, raise the needed funds to meet the challenge, and realize the full vision of the client choice food pantry model!
About the Pantry Project
Our renovation of 8001 Longview Road (the former St. Matthew Parish site) will create food display and distribution space, a commercial kitchen, significant warehouse with dock capable of accepting food delivery via semi or box truck, lobby area with private client meeting rooms and a four-vehicle garage. The display/distribution area will allow individuals to “shop” for their own food according to nutritional needs, cultural and taste preferences with dignity. Rather than providing a box packed with a pre-selected variety, the pantry will offer full service displays of fresh produce, refrigerated coolers for dairy and freezers for meats as well as shelf stable options.
The dock and warehouse space means we can process food donations from food banks and private sources, where volunteers to fill orders placed via our online platform and food recovery activities.
This dignified access to pantry services also serves as an entry point to other wrap around social services to support an individual’s employment, family or housing needs. This puts the client individual or family in the center of a circle of needed programs and assistance.
Help Meet the Mabee Challenge
Help make this much needed food pantry a reality! Your donation of any size – in any category – will help us meet the challenge. Here are some ways to give:
General support for the project
This helps with the construction, furnishings and supports the staff who will make the pantry a place of both service and lifting for client families. We will use your gift where it is most needed to bring the pantry to full operations.
Support for the construction phase
Your gift will help meet the construction company, architect, engineer and inspection bills. Naming opportunities are availablehttps://youtu.be/gIheo0IqnfM
Support for the food pantry program
Your gift will stock the shelves, freezers and produce bins with fresh nutrition food, and provide staff to launch full operations efficiently.