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What is Feed the Need Missions?
Feed the Need Missions is a faith-based nonprofit organization headquartered in Bastrop Texas. Twelve years ago, we began serving one rural community with a simple model, via a backyard burger cookout. Over the last twelve years, this has expanded to eight communities serving up more than 2500 hot meals each month. It also now includes nationwide disaster relief efforts, international missions, and ongoing community outreach events. Dedicated to bringing hunger relief and hope to communities everywhere, we are more than your average Texas food pantry. We mobilize volunteers to feed people in their own communities physically—and spiritually.
How Does Feed the Need Missions Provide Hunger Relief?
At Feed the Need Missions, we recognize that hunger comes in many forms. Sometimes people long for a meal. Other times it’s a need for meaningful connection with others, a search for identity, purpose, or a need for prayer. Feed the Need Missions stands ready to meet physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs in a safe and welcoming environment. Anyone—from any background or with any form of longing or lack—is welcomed by them. Our hunger relief efforts have three categories:
Every single week of the year, rain or shine, we provide free, weekly hot meals across North and Central Texas. Currently, our eight sites serve an average of 2500 meals every month. The cookouts are run by dedicated and trained volunteers with a heart for their community. They are not just there to give handouts. They are trained and equipped to share the Gospel message and to build disciple-making relationships with our guests. These volunteers contribute in a number of ways—some shop, while others set up and cook, serve meals, greet, pray and encourage, or tear down the cookout event. Anyone can come to help, and anyone can come to enjoy dinner.
Feed the Need Missions also provides disaster relief at a local and national level. Over the last decade we have dispatched Go Teams to local neighborhoods as well as extended communities across the country. We have responded to wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and explosions. Our site cookout volunteers simply pack our Disaster Relief trailer and head to the location to cook and serve meals to anyone affected by the crisis. Along with the burgers, we provide a listening ear, encouragement and prayer to anyone in need. You can read about some of our more recent disaster relief trips on The Feed the Need Missions blog.
From our Gobble Kits initiative, an annual effort put together by Feed the Need Missions to provide full Thanksgiving meal kits to families in need, to Church and Burgers educational events, trainings and more, we make it a priority to connect and build relationships with the communities we serve. This allows us to forge relationships and build awareness so that we can continue to grow and expand nationally and even internationally.
Hunger Relief & Hope Through a Burger
Whether at a site, on a disaster relief mission, or at an event, every Feed the Need Missions stand ready to serve—and it always begins with a burger. But what we do isn’t just about distributing food. We often say, the burger is simply a tool that opens the door. In the same way that Jesus offered loaves and fishes to hungry crowds, it allows us permission to speak into the lives of others, to give something much greater. Because of the burger, we are able to connect people to help and support in their heartache or addiction. We are able to comfort those who are anxious, lonely or grieving. We are able to share Jesus with those looking for meaning and purpose in their lives. And we are able to equip the church put feet to their faith, to truly disciple, love and serve others well. It’s so much more than a burger—it’s a burger on a mission.
Help Feed America With Feed the Need Missions
Feed the Need Missions is always growing and expanding. If you are passionate about feeding your own community, growing disciples, or meeting tangible needs in Jesus’ name, we’d love to connect with you. Here are some of the many ways to get involved:
- Volunteer at a Feed the Need Missions site near you
- Join our Disaster Relief On-Call Team
- Set up a local missions event with a group from your church
- Start a site in your community
- Schedule a Church & Burgers informational event at your church
- Become a community partner or a donor
- Donate to Feed the Need Missions
Reach out to our team any time with questions at infofeedtheneed.org. We look forward to going “on mission” with you!