For more than 8 years, the Downtown Food Pantry has served the hungry of Lamar County. Our county has one of the highest food-insecurity rates in the state at 22.1%. This means that almost 1 in 4 or 10,970 people in our community are "struggling to avoid hunger."
Reaching the county
Hunger isn't seasonal, which is why our pantry is open year-round. We are open 2 days a week to clients. Clients are able to receive assistance every other week.
The pantry is open to clients:
Tuesday: 1:30-4:30 pm
Thursday: 8:30-11:30 am
124 W. Cherry St. Paris, Tx 75460 903-737-8870
Downtown Food Pantry - Paris Texas
Food Insecurity and the Working Poor
Many of our clients are working poor caused by stagnant wages and underemployment many times having to choose paying bills and medical care, over groceries. 66% of food insecure households have to choose between paying for food or medicine. 1:4 children in North Texas live in food insecure households. Children who are in food insecure households are more likely to be sick and suffer developmental delays.
To learn more about the hunger problem in our nation go to feedingamerica.org
Financial advisor Stephen Gerrald leading our first workshop, "Financial Fitness."
Ending hunger in Lamar County is a community effort. We serve as a distribution center for the following satellite pantries:
Hometown Food Pantry, 255 N. Cedar Blossom: 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 9-10 am.
Dorothy West Ministry, 312 Honey Grove Roxton: 2nd Thursday, Produce ONLY 9-11 am and 4th Thursday of the month 10 am- 1 pm
Open Door Food Pantry, 133 CR 44060 Powderly: 3rd Tuesday of the month 1-3 pm.
In 2017 we served:
32% children and 15% seniors
Nutritious Meals: 1.65 million
Pounds of Food: 1.98 million
956,508 pounds of fresh produce and 221,359 pounds of protein,
Clients only returned to the pantry to receive food on average 8 times out of a possible 26 times.
Distribute more than just food to those in need
those in need
In collaboration with the United Way of Lamar County, we are offering workshops to the community at the pantry the first Tuesday of every month from 5:15-6:15. Topics will be presented by local organizations and business leaders.
Watch our Facebook for current topics and upcoming dates.