The Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi is re-energizing their current food pantry by turning it into a Choice Pantry. A Choice Pantry allows clients seeking food assistance to choose for themselves what products they receive rather than receiving pre-packaged bags.

The choice system helps families "shop" for foods they like and need while leaving behind items they will not use. Nothing goes to waste. The Choice Pantry will offer clients access to healthy and nutritious foods. While the specific food selection will vary from month to month, items from each nutritional food group (dairy, protein, grains, fruits, vegetables) will always be represented. A staff member or volunteer will be on-hand to assist when shopping.

How does this work?

Step One

Client will schedule an appointment for the Choice Pantry or be a walk-in

Step Two

Client will meet with Budget & Money Management staff and SNAP/Outreach Coordinator

Review of income and benefits with Outreach Coordinator

Discuss SNAP eligibility and/or benefit utilization

Step Three


While we will be working closely with the Coastal Bend Food Bank, H-E-B, and Grow Local, we still need community help and partnerships for volunteers to help staff the pantry, dairy items and healthy food options for diabetics, low sodium items, etc.

Blessing by Bishop Mulvey and Grand Opening March 2, 2020, 10:00 am!

The Choice Pantry is a part of Catholic Charities’ efforts to reduce hunger and food insecurity in South Texas homes. Having the opportunity to choose their own food gives clients a sense of dignity and control, and allows them to tailor the help they receive to be the best possible fit for their own unique situation.

Funding support is provided by Catholic Charities USA and the Walmart Foundation. The new Choice Pantry at 615 Oliver Court is facilitated by the Crisis Assistance & Self-Sufficiency Department.

For more information, please call (361) 884-0651 or go to