FIA OUTREACH

Food pantry

Jesus Himself fed thousands of people physical food, and then made it clear that He is the Bread of Life. At FIAO, we offer both kinds of bread as well. Each week, our volunteers transport around 5,000 to 6,000 pounds of food from the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler to stock our shelves, and every Thursday we give it away. We are able to give families about a week’s worth of healthy canned goods, fresh produce, starches, and frozen meat but we ask that they only come to the pantry once per month. This means that we are simply “filling in the gaps” with mostly non-perishables so that clients are able to purchase more perishable items with their income or with SNAP. For those clients needing additional assistance we are able to refer them to other food pantries in the Henderson County area.

According to the latest US Census Bureau, over 15% of the population in Henderson County are living below the poverty level, but in Malakoff over 36% of the population lives in poverty. Since 2011 we have provided food to over 14,500 individuals in almost 5,000 households. 

Through the gift of food, we are able to show people that we care about their physical well-being, and by listening to each individual who comes through our door and offering them an opportunity to pray, we show that we care about their spiritual well-being as well. Just one way we serve Jesus by serving others.