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Caritas helps families, individuals, and veterans in need through emergency services and case management programs.
Make A Donation
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.

Food Assistance

Hunger & Food Insecurity Relief 

Caritas serves as a distribution center where hungry families can receive food. Supplied by donated and purchased foods, hundreds of families are fed every week. In 2021, 27,201 families received food assistance at Caritas. This is an equal opportunity provider.  Please see below for specified information and hours of operation for the food pantry, pantry guidelines, and other services offered.


Pantry Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  &   1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Please do not knock on the door to gain entry.  We will open the door at the posted time.  We will stop accepting clients 15 minutes prior to closing times (at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m.) to finish processing clients already inside.

Please call the main office (254) 753-4593 to schedule an appointment for the pantry.

Pantry Guidelines

The Caritas Food Pantry is set up to be a supplement to your household food needs.  The Caritas Food Pantry may not satisfy all of your household food needs.  If further assistance is needed a list of resources will be provided to you upon request.

Pantry Food Distribution hours begin at 8:30 a.m.  Food distributions tickets will be issued to clients until we reach our maximum capacity.

Afternoon Pantry Food Distribution begins at 1:00 p.m.  Food distributions tickets will be issued to clients until we reach our maximum capacity.  Once capacity has been met no more food distribution tickets will be issued for the remainder of the day.

  • Please follow the instructions given by the Caritas Staff.
  • Only (1) household member is allowed to shop in the pantry.
  • The amount of food allowed per household is based on your household size.
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed to be brought inside the pantry.
  • No mobile device usage is allowed while shopping in the pantry.
  • Shoppers must be able to unload their own groceries in their vehicle.
  • No basket will be allowed out of the pantry unless the shoppers transportation is onsite.


Business Hours of Operation

Caritas Office Hours of Operation –  Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please do not knock on the door to gain entry.  We will open the door at the posted time.

If you have an appointment scheduled with the Veterans Case Manager, Intensive Case Manager, Federal Benefits Specialist, or you would like to shop in Mama Lovies Closet, please call (254) 753-4593.

Mama Lovies Closet hours of operation: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Federal Benefits Specialist hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Case Management (Veterans and Intensive) hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Volunteer Coordinator hours of operation: Monday – Friday,  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Thank you for following these procedures to keep yourself, other shoppers, volunteers and staff safe.


McLennan and Surrounding Counties Hunger Resource List 2022

Making A Difference Together

"I didn't have much to feel thankful for this year. Ever since my medical discharge, I have felt 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