Frequently Asked Questions
What is your mission?
The SB Food Pantry exists to honor God and provide food and basic needs to people struggling with poverty in Montgomery County. SB Food Pantry reaches out in love through compassionate volunteers to those in need.
What percentage of the Montgomery County, Texas population is in need of assistance?
In Montgomery County, TX, it is estimated that 14.6% of its population have limited consistent access to adequate food. Of this number, only 51% are eligible for assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC or free lunch program. The SB Food Pantry endeavors to fill this gap.
How many people does the StoneBridge Food pantry serve?
Since the SB Food Pantry opened their doors on August 28, 2009, they have served over 50,000 clients. Last year alone, the SB Food Pantry served over 7936 men, women and children.
How is your food pantry different from other local food pantries?
SB Food Pantry endeavors to care for their clients both physically and spiritually by uniquely offering expanded assistance to their families. Besides food for their clients and their pets, SB Food Pantry also provides clothing, personal hygiene items, gas cards and more through their core programs: Food Pantry, Clothing Pantry, Thanksgiving Baskets, Christmas Angels and Backpack to School. For more information visit “Programs” on our website home page (sbfoodpantry.org)
Most importantly, the SB Food Pantry volunteers pray for and with their clients.
What is your relationship with other food pantries?
While each local food pantry functions independently, we realize that we share similar goals. In times of crisis, we work together for the good of the community. This was most recently obvious in our community’s amazing response to the Hurricane Harvey disaster. We worked together to ensure that the generous donations received were efficiently shared.
How do clients find you?
SB Food Pantry enjoys a supportive relationship with local food pantries and churches. All work together to identify and refer clients to appropriate community resources. Potential clients may also visit “Need Help?” on the home page menu for more details.
Where are you loacated? When is SB Food Pantry open?
StoneBridge Food Pantry
Facebook: StoneBridge Food Pantry
Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15am – 1:00pm
*Note that the food pantry is closed during the 5th week of the month
(visit the calendar on the website for our schedule)
What is your relationship with StoneBridge Church?
While housed on the StoneBridge Church property, the SB Food Pantry functions independently from church finances as a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
How do clients qualify for assitance?
Potential clients may call 281-789-7080 to make an appointment with a SB Food Pantry administrator. During this visit, financial need will be determined and assistance offered. (To see if you qualify, visit “Need Help?” on the home page menu.)
How is your annual budget spent?
Of its annual budget, 90% of all the money donated was used to directly assist our clients. Only 10% of monies collected was spent on operating costs. Visit “Financial” under the “How We Make a Difference” button on the home page menu for more details.
Are you a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization? Do you provide a 1099 form at the end of the year?
The SB Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Receipts are available upon request. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Where do you get your food?
The SB Food Pantry is stocked with food/personal hygiene items collected from several sources: items purchased using financial donations, items collected from local food drives and unserved food donated from local food industries and restaurants.
Can I make a one-time financial donation? How many people will my donation feed?
The SB Food Pantry welcomes financial donations of any amount. Your donation of just $50 will go towards feeding a family of four for one month. Visit “Donate” on the home page menu for more details and to complete credit card payment or donation by mail.
What is the difference between being a sponsor and being a partner?
Sponsors are individuals or organizations/businesses making a one-time donation to the SB Food Pantry while Partners are individuals, organizations/businesses making recurring donations of $1000 annual minimum. Visit "Sponsor" or "Partner" on the home page menu to learn more about supporting SB Food Pantry.
What are the levels of Partnership?
Based on the annual donations, the different levels of Partnership with SB Food Pantry are:
Protector $1,000 to $4,999
Leader $5,000 to $9,999
Guardian $10,000 to $24,999
Champion $25,000 to $50,000
What benefits do I receive with my Partnership?
Besides the gratitude of the SB Food Pantry and their clients, additional benefits include:
Protector - Plaque for your business to display
Your name/logo on the Partner page of our website (sbfoodpantry.org)
Your name/logo displayed in our lobbies (24,000 quarterly views)
Leader - Plus,
Your name/logo on the front page of our website (sbfoodpantry.org)
Your name/logo on fliers at our events
Guardian - Plus,
Your name/logo on quarterly social media campaigns
Your name/logo on social media pages
Ablity to tell your company story on how you invest in our community via our social media outlets
Champion – Plus,
Your name/logo on quarterly newspaper/periodical ads
May I donate unserved food from my restaurant/food industry?
Food Industry donors are welcome to join with us in serving our clients. Visit “Donate” on the home page menu and complete the “Contact Us” form. An SB Food Pantry representative will then follow up and coordinate the donations.
Other than writing a check, how else may I support the SB Food Pantry? May I volunteer?
SB Food Pantry is happy to assist local businesses and organizations in conducting food, clothing or toy drives. We accept unexpired non-perishable food, gently used clothing and new toys to share with our clients. You are also welcome to join our team of volunteers who personally serve our clients each month. For more specific information on donations accepted and special programs offered, visit “How You Can Help” on the home page menu.
Who can volunteer?
Volunteers in the SB Food Pantry need to be 16 years or older. Individuals can volunteer weekly, biweekly or monthly in 2 or 4 hour shifts. We ask for a 6 month commitment when volunteering. Special arrangements can be made for group/organizations with members aged 15 or under. Groups/organizations can volunteer for one-time special projects and events. Visit “How You Can Help” on the home page menu to fill out our volunteer form online.
Did you know it can cost you nothing to donate to the SB Food Pantry?
Amazon Smile – You can give automatically with every Amazon purchase through the Amazon Smile program. Visit smile.amazon.com and we recommend bookmarking this page so you will land on it every time you shop. Sign in and then select “StoneBridge Food Pantry” as your preferred charity.
Kroger – You can give automatically with every Kroger purchase through their Kroger Community Rewards program. Visit Kroger.com. Under the “Savings & Rewards” tab, click on “Kroger Community Rewards”. Then click on “Create Your Account” or “Sign In” if you have already set up your account. Follow the prompts and click on “Enroll Now”. Your account summary will pop up and under “Community Rewards” click on “Enroll”. Search for StoneBridge Food pantry and enroll it as your charity of choice.
Under these programs, SB Food Pantry will receive donations when you shop.
What zip codes/communities do you serve? What do you do if a person from another zip code asks for help?
Zip codes served by the StoneBridge Food Pantry are: 77301, 77316, 77353, 77354, 77355, 77356, 77357, 77375, 77362, 77384 and 77385. (For a map of these loactions, visit "Need Help?" on the Home Page menu.)