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Caritas helps families, individuals, and veterans in need through emergency services and case management programs.
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Caritas is able to provide hope to those in need, due to the generosity of community partners and donors like you. Before the pandemic, 26% of Waco families were living in poverty and unable to meet basic needs. Now, during this unprecedented time, more families than ever before, are needing assistance. Your support helps us provide people with not only hope, but food and other emergency services, and the case management resources needed to help them begin their journey out of poverty. Thank you for donating today to support our mission.
To make a donation by mail, please send a check or money order made payable to Caritas of Waco to: 300 South 15th Street, Waco, TX 76701.

About Caritas of Waco

WHO WE ARE

2021 Caritas of Waco Brochure – Digital format
2021 Caritas of Waco Brochure – Print format

Fighting Poverty and Food Insecurity 

  • The poverty rate in Waco is 26% (36,201 residents).
  • The poverty rate in McLennan County is 18% (47,066 residents), (U.S. Census Bureau), above the state and national average.
  • The median household income for Waco in 2019 was $40,190, while the state rate was $61,874 (U.S. Census Bureau).

Income levels are improving in Waco-McLennan County, but the rising cost of housing, utilities, transportation and healthcare leaves many of our neighbors to make impossible choices and painful sacrifices. People we serve have had to choose between buying food and paying for housing, or between food and medicine.

Food insecurity affects people from all walks of life. Working families, retired seniors on fixed incomes, grandparents with custody of grandchildren, the chronically ill, and the disabled all turn to the Caritas for help in emergencies or as part of their regular meal planning. As we work together to ensure all these people get the nutritious food and resources they need to become stable long-term, we’re counting on you to help educate the community about poverty and food insecurity around us. 

What is Food Insecurity?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life, and also points out that, “It is important to know that hunger and food insecurity are closely related, but distinct, concepts. Hunger refers to FINAL 2021 Caritas of Waco Brochure – Online formata personal, physical sensation of discomfort, while food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the level of the household.” 

How Caritas Is Making An Impact 

  • In 2020, our programs provided services to 40,680 households.
  • On average, 9,000 individuals receive nutritious food every month through our pantry program.
  • 20% of the individuals we serve are children.

Caritas of Waco has served families in-need for over 54 years. We know that it takes more than just food to fight hunger and food insecurity. That is why, in addition to our pantry service, we run a variety of emergency services and case management programs , providing clients with access to the resources and skills needed to become stable long-term. We provide support to anyone in need and do not discriminate against race, creed, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, religion, union or political affiliation, handicap, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The majority of our clients are residents of Waco-McLennan County, although there are no geographical limits to receiving services from Caritas of Waco.

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Making A Difference Together

"I didn't have much to feel thankful for this year. Ever since my medical discharge, I have felt hopeless...my family and I would like to thank you and the Caritas Veterans Outreach Program for this blessing and help in hard times...people and services like the one you work for are growing rare. From my family to yours, thank you so much for not letting us fall between the cracks."

Caritas Veteran Client

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300 South 15th St., Waco, Texas 76701
(254) 753-4593