Clear Lake Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunity

The Clear Lake Food Pantry needs our help! 

Here is the volunteer link: VOLUNTEER


The Clear Lake Food Pantry, housed at Clear Lake Baptist Church, is a lifeline for many people, serving ~300 families each week. As you can imagine, the number of those needing food is increasing exponentially as a result of our current economic crisis.

How can you help?

  • Purchase food and drop off at designated times
  • Volunteer to help receive donations onsite
  • Volunteer to help on distribution days
  • Donate online: click here to donate

 Please read the detailed instructions below, which are designed to keep everyone safe and to make the process as efficient as possible.

- A note related to self-isolation and the food pantry:  The food pantry is considered an essential business, just like a grocery store. Volunteers who drop off or distribute food at the food pantry are contributing to an essential service while engaged in those specific activities. There are opportunities here for volunteers to serve at their comfort level.

 We are not encouraging you to do anything that would represent an uncomfortable level of risk for you or your family or that would go against what our local governmental guidelines allow. As always, please make prudent choices for your family.

 Food purchase and drop off (instructions)

If you choose to purchase food and if you feel comfortable with this option, you can buy food and drop it off at the food pantry Wednesdays from 3-4 pm.

Note: Ideally, purchases should be made at the same time as your minimal trips to the grocery store. Alternatively, you may choose to shop online at a grocery store and pick up at the curb to minimize your contact with others in the store.

Food Donations Needed:
  • Canned Food, nonperishable food, hamburger helper,macaroni and cheese, canned green beans, canned peas, canned vegetables, canned soup, nuts, rice, pasta, etc.
  • Meats, poultry, and fish, hamburger meat, pork chops, chicken, etc.
  • Crackers, cereal, cookies, trail mix, granola, peanut butter, etc.

Do not Need: Milk, eggs, or loaves of bread 

Other Supplies Needed: 

Surgical Gloves/cleaning gloves, surgical mask, work mask—PPE 

If you choose to pre-assemble bags (it is a big help to the volunteers and an awesome activity for your kids), please use a paper bag and fill using the following lists as purchase guidelines. Store brands are allowed, and substitutes can be made, but this is their basic structure.

If you have kids you want to include in this activity, ask for paper sacks from the grocery stores. Have the kids decorate the sacks with Bible verses, drawings, paint, stickers, etc. UBC does this at KJOY every year for the food pantry, and it's always a hit.

Bag for a family of 4: peanut butter, crackers, 2 cans of vegetables, 2 cans of fruit, a bag of dry beans, a bag of rice, a box of hamburger helper, a can of sloppy joe mix, a box of cereal, a small bag of tortillas, a can of black, white, or kidney beans

Bag for a single homeless person: peanut butter, crackers, cans/cups of fruit with pop tops, any food with pop top lids that can be cooked with just hot water, a box of pop tarts, a package of Ramen noodles, cans of meat (chicken/tuna) with pop tops, a box of cereal.

When you have gathered the food, drive by and pop your trunk between 3-4 pm on Wednesday – a volunteer will remove the items without any interaction or contact (maybe a smile or a hand-wave).

CLFP Location: 15700 Space Center Blvd, Houston, TX 77062 (located behind Clear Lake Baptist Church)


What to expect when you volunteer on a distribution day:

Orientation (7:30 am-8 am)

Grocery service and grocery organizing (8 am-1 1 am)

Safety Meeting (11 am)

For clients, the following procedure will be implemented:

Client food pickup - 2 volunteers

  1. CLFP volunteer with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment – provided onsite) will stage cars in the west parking lot. The volunteer will instruct clients to stay in cars. A sketch will also be provided. Written instruction will be given in Spanish and English.
  1.  The clients will then move their car to the pick-up area on the east side of the church. Direction cones will be there to direct cars where to go.
  2. The clients will stay in the car and pop the trunk, or we will give a bag of groceries through the car window. Should the client need to get out of the car to open the trunk, they will pull forward and pick up groceries at a distance of 12 feet from the volunteer.
  3. Volunteers out in the closest range to the car will be wearing an N-95 mask. The procedure will be no contact. 

            Food Processing - 3-5 volunteers

  1. Receiving
  2. Sorting
  3. Bagging and storage
  4. Make ready for distribution to the car line.
  5. Sanitizing area

 Days needed: At least 7 volunteers are needed on Mondays, and 7 volunteers on Thursdays from 7:30 am to 11:30 am.

 CLFP Location: 15700 Space Center Blvd, Houston, TX 77062 (located behind Clear Lake Baptist Church)