Our Mission / Our Vision:
Our Mission is to feed, clothe, empower, and advocate for families in need in our community, demonstrating to them the love of God.
Our Vision is to find ways to become self-sustaining as a nonprofit so we can become a benefit to the community by providing services to families in need, beyond just providing emergency services. We collaborate with many nonprofits and service organizations throughout the community to provide channels through which we can all accomplish greater results by working together.
Our Mission simply defined is; to fulfill the plans that God has laid out for us in Psalm 82:3-4
- Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.
We live in an area where the poverty rate is almost twice the national average. The next statistic may surprise you even more. One in four children in Texas (23.3%) under the age of 5 is “food insecure”—which is defined as not knowing where his or her next meal will come from. Texas has the second-highest food insecurity rate in the U.S. for all age groups…both statistics that The Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry of Waco is working to change, on a daily basis—one nutritious meal at a time. Our goal is to provide food and services to those in need. Our efforts are to feed the hungry now and find poverty ending solutions for those whom we assist.
Every Thursday at The Shepherd’s Heart Pantry from 3:00pm to 6:00pm we have a distribution of canned goods, boxed and dry staple items, meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables assisting 500 to 700 families each week. For added convenience, a drive-through is available for those who cannot stand in line. Additionally, we deliver groceries to over 500 seniors who are homebound. Each year we provide service to 14,000 to 16,000 families (twice each month) and distribute about 1.4 million lbs of food with a vn all volunteer staff.
The Shepherd’s Heart has developed a creative way to fund daily operating expenses through the establishment of Things from the Heart resale store offering clothing and household items at discounted prices. The Shepherd’s Heart is a 501(c)3 organization, and 100% of proceeds from sales at Things from the Heart will go directly toward purchasing food and daily operating expenses.
A common theme throughout all our programs is that we do it with volunteers who do it to touch others’ lives with the love of God. The real measurement has to be viewed in “did we really help someone”. While there is much work to what we do, it is a labor of love.
- Toys from the Heart
- For 5 years we have provided Christmas to “homeless’ children.
- Waco ISD typically has 1,300 to 1,500 children who are officially homeless.
- While there are other toy programs in the community this was an area of unmet need.
- Last year we provided Christmas to 525 children. This year we expect to serve about 600 children.
- We are able to accomplish this by getting churches, businesses and individuals involved in donating toys or other resources to contribute to the success of the program.
Shepherds Heart started with the pantry distribution operation in June, 2010. At that time the hunger needs of this area were greatly under served. Our goal was to bring resources together to create a more efficient method of using our collective resources, volunteers, money, and time to meet the needs of families dealing with hunger.
Thank you for your support as we continue to find ways to assist hungry families and find poverty ending solutions.
Pro 19:17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done.