Cypress Assistance Ministries seeing 450% increase in food pantry service

Volunteers are needed to keep up with demand for services at Cypress Assistance Ministries' food pantry. (Courtesy Cypress Assistance Ministries)
Volunteers are needed to keep up with demand for services at Cypress Assistance Ministries' food pantry. (Courtesy Cypress Assistance Ministries)

Volunteers are needed to keep up with demand for services at Cypress Assistance Ministries' food pantry. (Courtesy Cypress Assistance Ministries)

Officials with Cypress Assistance Ministries reported a 450% increase in the number of people seeking assistance from the nonprofit’s food pantry this week, citing a rise in unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Many families who were financially stable have now seen the reduction of or loss of one or more household paychecks, leaving them unable to cover basic necessities. Unemployment payment will kick in and that will help, but having enough right now means asking others for help. And recovering from this kind of loss will require financial assistance as well,” Director of Development Janet Ryan said in a press release. “The large majority of people coming to CAM’s Food Pantry are new faces. They are people who were self-sufficient until this unexpected and unprecedented time. Truly anyone can fall on hard times.”

Due to a significant increase in traffic, CAM has modified operating hours at the food pantry at 11265 Huffmeister Road, Houston, to allow an additional day for volunteers to focus on sorting donations and packing boxes of food. Those needing assistance can now access the drive-thru food pantry from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

“The demand is simply more than we can keep up with unless we again modify the hours,” Ryan said. “And volunteers are very much needed, so if you are not in a high-risk group, please consider giving of your time.”

Clients are able to stay in their cars to limit contact, and they are asked to show identification and proof of residency. Based on the size of households, prepackaged boxes will be placed in the trunks or backseats of vehicles. Residents of ZIP codes 77065, 77095, 77429, 77433 and 77084 are able to receive assistance.


Donations of jelly, bags of dry beans, canned tomato products, canned meat, snack items, boxes of cereal, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, toilet paper, paper towels, bleach and hand sanitizer are needed at this time.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Ryan at [email protected]. Food donations can be dropped off at the food pantry, and financial donations can be made at www.cypressassistance.org/support/donate.
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.