Social Ministries


To lend a hand to God’s children in Northeast Tarrant County by providing food, clothing and financial assistance to needy, lowincome and crisis-struck families on an emergency basis until longterm assistance can begin.

FYI - the NEED web site,, has been updated with a totally new look. Please check it out when you have time.

All food donations are needed and appreciated and can be placed in the grocery cart located by the piano in the Narthex. Any holiday type food items are especially needed this time of year like boxed potatoes, canned fruit & vegetables, and canned soup. Other items that are always in short supply include cereal, snacks, canned tuna or chicken and macaroni & cheese.

NEED West had their annual volunteer Christmas dinner at the Haltom City Senior Center on Dec. 19th. This is a picture of everyone that attended from all churches that help NEED on a regular basis. We had a wonderful potluck dinner including entertainment by a very young Elvis impersonator! We also had a gift exchange. It was a very fun evening.

Some of our Calvary volunteers.
They include the following, from left to right:
Jeff Huston, Virginia Williams, Laura Anderson, Toni Tharp, Truette Taylor, Tricia Huston and Mickey Nowell.  We were missing Vicki Johnson, Dale Abram and Ken Laursen.

 For many years, Calvary Lutheran has supported NEED, Northeast Emergency District, with ongoing financial and volunteer help. NEED has been supporting the food-insecure population of Haltom City and the HEB area for over 40 years.

Over 5,000 people take advantage of this help every year (#s are significantly higher so far this year with mid-year #s at almost 4,000). In addition, clients may have their energy bill paid once a year. This is through a grant offered by TXU. NEED is supported by various church organizations in our area in addition to public & private donations. Most food is donated by churches or purchased at a deep discount from Tarrant Area Food Bank and Midwest Food Bank.
There are also some local grocery stores that will donate on a regular basis. Calvary Lutheran has about a dozen volunteers actively involved with NEED. These volunteers stock and sort food and prepare the food carts that are given to the clients. We greatly appreciate their dedication.

A few of our Calvary NEED volunteers
Jeff Huston & Jeanne Caledera

NEED has been very busy during the month of August and continues to serve many community families every day.

Above is a picture of our own Jeff Huston, Calvary volunteer, and Jeanne Caledera, NEED West Manager, emptying a very full cart of food donations received from all of you. And this wasn't the first big cart that had been brought to NEED this month. We have had a wonderful response and appreciate all of the food donations that have been received.

If you are able, please continue to drop donations into the grocery cart across from the library. We will make sure it gets to NEED.

Thank you again so much.


Since 1983 North East Emergency Distribution has been a community supported and faith based non-profit agency. We are blessed by support from area churches, individuals, businesses, grants and proceeds from our Twice Blessed ReSale Boutique.

With no application process N.E.E.D. can supply families with food and TXU assistance in our 13 Tarrant County area zip codes.

Because our guidelines are flexible, we are in a position to also give referrals, and offer supplemental services for seniors. In some cases, we can assist with work - related transportation needs.

The Calvary volunteer team will continue to help at NEED West on every Tuesday of the month. We stock shelves, sort & bag food, and keep the area looking clean & organized.

If you would like to volunteer or donate at NEED East (424 W. Bedford Euless Rd, Hurst), contact them directly at 817-280-0286 or go to

Thank you Calvary for your continued support

Cindy Lara
NEED West Mgr.
#817-759-1506 office

N.E.E.D. East
424 W. Bedford Euless Rd., Hurst, TX 76053
Mon-Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

N.E.E.D. West
5028 Broadway, Haltom City, TX 76117
Mon-Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


We continue to volunteer at the NEED West food pantry (located at 5028 Broadway in Halton City) every Tuesday. There are about 8 volunteers from Calvary who currently help stock shelves and bag groceries. Thank you to these volunteers for their commitment to this ministry.
Please note that NEED West no longer accepts any clothing or household donations. Please do not leave these donations in the NEED basket located in the hallway. NEED East (located at 424 W Bedford Euless Road in Hurst) continues to accept all donations so please go to their location for drop off. Their most "needed" items now includes children's clothing and household dishes or pots & pans.
Any food donations can continue to be left in the NEED basket and they are currently short of snacks like crackers, cookies, chips, etc. Coffee & tea are also always in short supply along with jelly/jam.