Since 1983, the Emergency Aid Coalition has helped thousands of families in our community meet their basic needs and has promoted self-sufficiency through an interfaith association of member congregations. The roots of the EAC are humble and reflect the foundation of faith that continues to drive the mission of the organization today. In 1979, many poor and homeless were seeking help in Houston by going from church to church, up and down Main Street. Many of the homeless were, in fact, casualties of the economic recession plaguing the rest of the country in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In their effort to find a better life for their families, many were left stranded in Houston with no work and no prospect of finding work. Because of their need, a food pantry was formed, which later became known as the Emergency Aid Coalition.
Initially, congregations throughout midtown Houston were invited to join in a united effort to feed, clothe and minister to those caught in economic crisis. Today, 16 member congregations collectively participate in the services of the Emergency Aid Coalition, thus, combining their strengths to serve the emergency needs of the people of Harris County.
Throughout the history of the EAC, the vast majority of its work has been accomplished by its volunteers. Member congregations have made it possible to serve thousands of clients with minimal paid staff and overhead expenses. The support of congregations and volunteers makes the EAC mission possible.
EAC @ HFB
The EAC and the Houston Food Bank (HFB) established a collaborative partnership to serve the working poor in 2012. The EAC provides staffing and volunteers to operate the Emergency Food Pantry and the HFB provides the food, stocking and the facility. This partnership is referred to as “EAC @ HFB”.