Many Houstonians continue to struggle with hunger and illness, loss of income, threats of eviction, and overwhelming uncertainty during these chaotic and unprecedented times. One amazing thing we’ve seen with our global and local outreach partners is how, when the pandemic hit, they immediately began to provide urgent, basic needs and minister to their clients and surrounding communities. This has provided MDPC with more opportunities to serve and care for neighbors. Kids’ Meals, Fuente Food Pantry, MAM, and others are volunteer-driven essential programs, and they need your prayers and volunteer support.
The FORGE for Families
Help us…Help them! The FORGE for Families closed when the pandemic hit, but reopened for their students with parents that worked in essential jobs (medical workers, paramedics, firemen, first responders, etc.). For this new semester, your help will turn a time full of uncertainty for the FORGE kids and families into a time of encouragement and fun. Here’s ways you can help:
- Email letters of encouragement for FORGE students and staff via email to .
- Request a prayer packet to pray daily for a student and/or teacher.
MDPC Fuente Food Pantry
MDPC Fuente Food Pantry continues to serve hundreds of families every Saturday morning on our campus. To be able to serve all the families that come to the pantry we need more help. Questions? Contact Barbara Mueller at 281-460-5831 or
- Fridays: Need 3 Volunteers
Approximately 8:30-10:00 AM
Unload the HFB delivery truck and put food in cool storage and inside the pantry
- Saturdays: Need 4-5 Volunteers
Register the clients waiting in their cars
Able to speak some Spanish would be helpful
- Saturdays: Need 5-6 volunteers
7:00-9:30 AM and 9:30 AM-Noon
Load packed food boxes in the clients' trunk
MAM Pantry Donations
There are simple basic supplies with which MAM is able to help families affected by COVID layoffs and furloughs. Right now, they need:
- Laundry detergent (Purex, Tide, Gain, etc.)
- Household spray cleaners (Clorox, 409, etc.)
If you can include these in your grocery shopping to donate, MAM is open Mon-Thur 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and asks that you drop them off there. Go to the MAM service building (glass doors behind their resale store), located on the north end of MAM's 1625 Blalock campus. Or you can drop off at the MDPC front office. Thank you for remembering our neighbors in need as many are continuing to struggle with unemployment and possible evictions.
Volunteers are the backbone of our ministry and vital to feed thousands of families with over 7,000 children daily. As summer ends, volunteers shift from families to our corporate partners - but many employees are working from home and cannot come in. We need YOUR Help! Please join our team.
- All safety protocols and procedures are followed to ensure your safety
- We have two shifts Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-Noon and 12:30-2:00 PM
- If you are unable to make your shift, please cancel it or email j to let us know.
MAM (Memorial Assistance Ministries)
The Resale Store and the warehouse need more volunteers. Help is urgently needed to sort and tag merchandise, stock shelves and clothing racks, or assist with sales.
You can sign up for a one-time shift or more. Gather a few friends, pick your date and volunteer together!
- Thursdays, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
- Saturdays, 9:00 AM to Noon
- Saturdays, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
MAM is following all safety protocols – masks and sanitizer provided, social distancing is practiced, and a limited number of shoppers allowed in the store is controlled to avoid crowding. Volunteers can request to serve in areas not frequented by the public.
ECHOS connects people in need with food, health, social and educational resources, and a drive-through food distribution.
YOU CAN HELP at their drive-through pantry currently on Tuesdays, 7:15-10:30 AM. Bag and distribute food, and help put it in trunks as cars drive through. All PPE masks, gloves, aprons, and face shields are provided.
To hear more stories from our local and global partners, visit stories.mdpc.org.
ESB Food Pantry
2,642 pounds of food were collected by MDPC for the East Spring Branch Food Pantry food drive. Thank you, MDPC!
MDPC Fuente Food Pantry
On Saturday, May 9, a delivery truck pulled into the parking lot near the food pantry. The driver of the truck had been a former client of the Fuente Food Pantry when he moved from Cuba several years ago. During that time, Fuente blessed him with food and assistance to help him get on his feet. Now this man owns his own trucking business, and he had a serendipitous delivery for the Food Pantry. Due to a an ordering snafu, the grocery items were not able to go to their intended location, and the supplier asked the truck driver if he knew of a place to donate the goods. He did - and our Food Pantry received additional nourishment for hungry Houstonians!
Contact Jan Roe, MDPC Local Outreach Director, with questions: , 713-490-9552