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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.

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. 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.

Pantry Hours of Operation

Pantry Food Distribution hours begin at 8:30 a.m. Food distribution 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 until 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Pantry Food Distribution hours begin at 1:00 p.m. Food distribution 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.

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 Guidelines

  • 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.
  • Shoppers must have on closed shoes that cover the entire foot to shop in the pantry. Examples: athletic shoes, boots, casual flats and loafers. No house shoes, flip flops, Crocs, or sandals are allowed in the pantry.
  • No children will be allowed in the pantry.
  • 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 will be given a limited time to shop 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 shopper’s transportation is onsite.


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 support Caritas because we are all called to serve one another. There are so many ways to volunteer at Caritas and I choose to help with our annual fundraiser because it brings much needed money to the mission of Caritas to feed those in need in our great city of Waco. It's been a blessing and a pleasure to serve with other like-minded friends that also have a servant's heart."

Rose Blakenship, Feast of Caring Committee Member

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