The Numbers

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." 

Faces of hunger

Chuck Burton

Operations Director.

Janet Allen


Hope in Action: our volunteers are essential!


those in need

In 2016 we served:

People: 11,819

Families: 4,026

Meals: 1.12 million

Pounds of Food: 1.3 million

Clients only returned to the pantry to receive food on average 8 times a year.

Alicia Jallah

Executive Director.

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

  • Sorters and Baggers
  • Client Assistance
  • Bag Folders
  • ​Prayer Ministry

Reaching the county

  • Produce Bagging: Mondays, 9:00 am & Wednesdays, 12:00 pm
  • Stocking Groups: Tuesday, 6:30 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am. Call to schedule.


for people

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

  • Greeters
  • Stockers
  • Computer Operators
  • Delivery/Distribution Assistance (unloading)

Downtown Food Pantry - Paris Texas

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.

Get Involved

Distribute more than just food to those in need

Serving times

Meet Our Team


the hungry