Food Pantry

Help Feed Children & Families In Your Community TodayWe believe that one of the most powerful ways in which we can end hunger in our communities is first to recognize it.

The number of Americans living in poverty is rising.  The nation’s official poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009.  There were 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009 ─ the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published. (United States Census Bureau, Poverty in the United States 2010)

As many poor families continue to make the difficult transition from welfare to work, as their benefits are cut or reduced, they are finding that their meager wages are not sufficient to meet their basic needs – child care, transportation, and housing just to name a few. Too often, a family finds that it must cut their food budget or turn to a local charity for aid.

Food Pantry LineIn the last decade, hunger-relief agencies have found that the greatest increase in hungry Americans has been among the working poor. Despite their hard work, they cannot always make ends meet. And increasingly, they are turning to charities for hunger relief.

How Can You Help?

Donate food directly to the Food Pantry.

If you have safe, edible food or a food ingredient, we can probably find a way to use it.  We do value nutrition and care about convenience. We naturally prefer high-value foods that people can easily use. But whatever you have, please take the simple first step of contacting us so we can work together to make the best possible use of all of the food resources in our communities.

The Mary Lee Food Pantry needs these nutritious foods:Food-Pantry Shelf
•    Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon)
•    Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
•    Peanut butter
•    Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils, etc.)
•    Pasta, rice, cereal
•    Canned fruits
•    100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)

To ensure food safety, The Mary Lee Food Pantry cannot use:
•    Rusty or unlabeled cans
•    Perishable items
•    Homemade items
•    Noncommercial canned or packaged items
•    Alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda
•    Open or used items

Organizing a Food Drive to collect food and funds.

Businesses, churches, schools, civic organizations, apartment complexes and other groups are encouraged to sponsor food drives any time of the year to help us fill our shelves.  Food drives provide some of the healthiest and highest-quality food we receive. Food donations also provide a direct connection between donors and people who are hungry.

Make a monetary donation to the Food Pantry.

Cash donations keep our freezers and pantries full as well as keeping our trucks and vans operational so that we may continue to pick up and deliver our food.

If you would like to make a donation online, for any amount, please click on the “Donate” button located below.





Or mail your donation to:

Mary Lee Foundation – Food Pantry
Post Office Box 3174
Austin, Texas 78764



Thank you for donating to the Mary Lee Foundation Food Pantry.

For more information about the Food Pantry please contact:
Max Courtney, Property Manager
Mary Lee Foundation – Food Pantry
Post Office Box 3174, Austin, Texas 78764
Phone: (512) 443-5777

Click Here To Email The Food Pantry Manager

Business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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