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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.

Get Involved


Get involved at Caritas of Waco by giving your time, funds, canned goods, attending events, and advocating for making Waco-McLennan County a hunger-free community!

Why Does It Matter?

  • Why does it matter if someone who is hungry eats? How does it impact them and our community?
    Without access to healthy food and healthy eating habits, it’s hard to lead a productive life. Our efforts today prevent health issues that shorten lives and strain community resources.
  • Why does it matter if someone who’s facing poverty has access to a stable job at a living wage?
    Without stable income or sufficient savings, families get derailed by unexpected expenses, develop credit issues, and fall prey to predatory lenders. By investing in our residents’ financial stability today, we’re affecting our community for generations.
  • Why does it matter if someone is facing the tough decision to feed their kids or pay the electric bill?
    Before families can think about the future, they must be able to meet their basic needs. When people thrive, our community thrives.

Donate Funds

We rely on contributions from the community to support our services and programs. Make a one-time gift, a sustaining gift, or a gift in honor or memory of a loved one on our donation page. Donate by mail by making your check or money order payable to Caritas of Waco and sending to Caritas of Waco, 300 S. 15th St, Waco, TX 76706.

  • 9,000 individuals a month, on average, receive groceries through our food assistance program.
  • 20% of the individuals served are children.
  • $50 a month = feeding a family of four for the entire month.


Donate Food 

Host a canned food drive at your business, school, church, or with your church group. Whether you’re clearing non-expired canned goods out of your kitchen pantry, or your business has pallets of fresh produce, we welcome healthy food donations of any quantity anytime. Deliver items to our loading dock located at Mary and S. 15th St, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM-3:30 PM. Caritas will pick up large donations by appointment. Please call 254-749-7706. We are also in need of diapers (all sizes), wipes, and baby lotions.

Preferred pantry items:

  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Canned tuna and chicken (pop-top preferred)
  • Canned soup (pop-top preferred)
  • Microwaveable soups
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Dried rice
  • Dried beans

Volunteer Your Time

Volunteers are needed to sort, stock, and distribute warehouse grocery items to clients, and to help sort and prepare items for sale at our Hidden Treasures thrift stores. For information on opportunities, please visit our volunteer page.

Advocate For Others

Join us in advocating for policies that protect individuals and families from hunger. Raise your voice and let your elected officials know that you support hunger-relief programs. For more information, visit our advocacy page.

Making A Difference Together

"I support Caritas because I believe in the mission and see the need in our community. In addition to the food pantry and the many client services that are offered, I find it very beneficial that Caritas offers job training and certifications which allow the client to become self-sufficient. I encourage everyone to consider supporting Caritas, whether it be financially or as a volunteer. You’ll be amazed by the dedication of Caritas’s staff and actually see the impact of your contribution. "

Cindy Wood, Caritas Board President

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