Highland Food Pantry

Highland loves Abilene and believes in sharing God’s comfort in meaningful ways with our community.  If you are experiencing food insecurity, we invite you to come to the Highland Food Pantry and receive the gift of restoration that God offers us all. 

LOCATION: 701 Walnut St, Abilene, Texas, 79601

PHONE NUMBER: (325) 673-1234

UPDATED HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday: 9:30-11:45 am // 1:00-2:15pm
Thursday: 6:00-7:00pm
Friday: 9:30-11:45am // 1:00-2:15pm

After 15 months of continuing to offer curbside services during Covid-19, the Highland Food Pantry will return to in-person and self-choice shopping beginning Monday, June 14, 2021.

Volunteer Opportunities

INTERVIEWERS
If you like interacting with others, you can assist neighbors with their Food Pantry application and USDA form. Interactions may include listening to their stories and offering prayer. Light computer skills are helpful.

SHOPPING ASSISTANTS 
Some light interaction with neighbors as you assist them with their shopping choices. Neighbors who visit food pantries often have high rates of food-related health problems and often ask questions on the nutritional value of some foods. Self-choice pantries are set up much like a grocery store and allow individuals to select their favorite food items. This eliminates waste and creates an atmosphere of respect and builds trust between neighbors, staff and volunteers.  

SMALL GROUPS
Small Groups can make arrangements for times convenient to your group. Usually in a 1 to 2 hour timeframe, groups can come in and are available to restock the shelves, clean up the shopping area, back inventory area or warehouse, etc.

FAITH & FINANCE (January-April)
Allies (mentors) are needed to help guide individuals during the 8-week class focusing on tracking your spending, creating a spending plan and setting financial goals. 

THE CHRISTMAS STORE (September-December)
Individuals and small groups assist with setup, sorting and price tagging inventory and on shopping day, assisting shoppers and offering gift wrapping services.

Sign-Up To volunteer

All calendars are designed to help you select the days and times convenient to you and your family.You are welcome to stay as long as you are able but be sure to note different times you can help on the comments when you register. 

Abilene Hunger Coalition and Free Summer Meals Program

Kids Eat Free Summer Meal Dates: July 26-30 // August 2-6 // August 9-13

Who We Are: The Abilene Hunger Coalition exists to fight hunger in the Abilene and the Big Country Area. The Coalition, made up of various individuals, churches, civic organizations and nonprofit organizations supports hunger projects affecting the Abilene community and the Big Country area. The Free Summer Meals program is one of the Hunger Coalition’s initiatives to fight and find solutions to end hunger among children.  At this time, the Coalition is not a separate 501C3 organization and operates under the umbrella of the Highland Food Pantry (Christian Ministries of Abilene). 

Who We Serve: The Abilene Hunger Coalition serves anyone experiencing food insecurity. The Free Summer Meals Program began as a pilot program through the Highland Church in the Summer of 2019 to fill the 3-week gap after the Abilene Independent School District's Free and Reduced Summer Meals program ends at the end of July. The Free Summer Meals program continues for 3-weeks and ends once AISD begins the fall school year semester. The Free Summer Meals program is a privately-funded program serving children, adults, and their families in need of a free hot meal.

What We Do: The Abilene Hunger Coalition and the Highland Food Pantry on Walnut currently organizes and implements the Free Summer Meals program serving free hot lunch and/or breakfast meals at various sites throughout Abilene. The Coalition partners with over 11 to 14 host sites each summer to serve either curb-side or dine-in meals. The program depends on volunteers from the Highland Church and various community and civic groups such as the Kiwanis Club, and Hendrick Health.

Various ways to help during the Free Summer Meals Program include serving on the Highland Cooking Team, which prepares curbside meals for 6 host sites or volunteering to serve at one of Highland's meal host sites. 

Highland Cooking Team Freedom Fellowship grace fellowship abilene wic office

All calendars are designed to help you select the days and times convenient to you and your family.You are welcome to stay as long as you are able. Be sure to note times you can help on the comments when you sign up. 

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Making the most out of what you receive at The Food Pantry on Walnut

At the Highland Food Pantry on Walnut, you will receive fresh produce from our organic community gardens. Sometimes it can be hard to think about what to cook with the groceries you received. Thanks to the ACU nutrition department, we have a collection of healthy recipes you can try.  

Click here for recipe ideas

Action Groups and Seasonal Service

Action Groups & Seasonal Service

The Highland Food Pantry on Walnut hosts a series of events and action groups throughout the year. Click "Action Groups & Seasonal Service" so you can learn more about each event and action group and how you can get involved.