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Donate food items to these places this holiday season

This list will go over locations and events in Temple, Belton, Waco and Killeen where you can donate food.

BELL COUNTY, Texas — The holiday season is rapidly approaching and local food pantries need community support in these times. 

If you are looking to donate food this holiday season to help families and those in need, please view this guide of the general rules for donating food.


The 33rd Annual Food for Families Drive

Operation Feeding Temple is hosting one of the largest food drives in Texas. Donated food will go to St. Vincent De Paul, Love of Christ Food Pantry, Taylor's Valley Baptist Church and Churches Touching Lives for Christ. 

  • When: Starts Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 a.m. and ends on Saturday Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center


Helping Hands Ministry 

This organization works to eliminate poverty in east Bell County by giving food, clothes and spiritual help to those in need. 

  • Hours: Open on Monday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Where: 2210 Holland Rd., Belton, Texas 


Thanksgiving Food Drive at McLane Stadium

The RG3 Foundation is hosting a food drive at the Baylor vs. TCU game. Bring non-perishable food and all proceeds will go to The Shepherds Heart. 

  • Hours: Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m.
  • Where: McLane Stadium, Gates B and C

The Shepherds Heart

The Waco area's poverty rate is twice the national average and this organization is fighting to change that. They have four food pantries set up around the city as well as 17 mobile food distributions every month. 

  • Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Where: 205 S 26th St., Waco, Texas


Food Care Center 

The Killeen Food Care Center provides food to those in need at no cost. They have been operating for 35 years and are comprised of volunteers. 

  • Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Where: 210 N 16th St., Killeen, Texas

Multiple locations

Salvation Army - Bell County

Through November The Salvation Army will have Red Kettles outside of Walmart stores in Temple, Belton, Harker Heights and Killeen. The Bell County is hoping to raise $175,000 this holiday season. They will have cashless options available, which include Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal and Venmo. 

  • Hours: Open Monday through Friday during respective store hours
  • Where: Walmart locations in Bell County

For more information on each of these places, please click the links on the page. 

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