Client Choice Food Pantry

Client Choice Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry

HUNGER FACT #1: In Texas, 1 in 7 people in our state face hunger. 

HUNGER FACT #2: 16% of the population in Montgomery County, Texas, is food insecure.

HUNGER FACT #3: 1 in every 5 children in Montgomery County suffer from a lack of proper nutrition. 

The Community Assistance Center Food Pantry is a critical part of our efforts to end food insecurity. Following the “client choice food pantry” model, our Client Choice Food Pantry resembles a small grocery market, where our clients can select products based on their specific family needs. Fresh produce, a variety of proteins, and shelf stable selections are available at no cost to those in need.

Baby care, personal hygiene items, and cleaning products are also distributed when available. Volunteers and staff accompany each client during their visit, assisting them as they “shop” and fill their grocery carts. Not only does this model allow clients the opportunity to choose their own food to fit their personal preferences and special dietary needs, it gives our clients a sense of dignity and control, it limits waste, and it allows our clients to tailor the help they receive to best fit their particular lifestyle. The pantry also benefits from streamlined inventorying and purchasing processes.

Food Pantry Needs List:

Canned Meats
Canned Beans
Pasta Sauce
Peanut Butter
Jelly/ Spreads
Macaroni & Cheese
Cereal- Hot & Cold
Hamburger Helper
Dry Beans

“Research at Texas State University – San Marcos found that the stigma associated with receiving food from a pantry is reduced through the client choice model.”


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