Magnificat Houses

Feeding the hungry – for some, their only meal of the day

Magnificat Houses, Inc. serve an estimated 233,200 meals annually; an estimated 10 million meals since 1972!

Loaves & Fishes

We operate Loaves & Fishes, a large soup kitchen in downtown Houston where 200 to 300 of Houston’s chronically hungry gather six days a week for nutritious, hot, home-cooked lunches cooked by our staff and served by volunteers. There is no cost and no requirement.

To join us for lunch:

Loaves & Fishes is located just east of Minute Maid Park, at 2009 Congress Avenue (the corner of Congress and Chartres streets). The lunch line begins forming around 10:30 a.m. for service beginning at 11 a.m. We are closed Mondays. All are welcome.

To volunteer or donate food:

Please call us at 713-224-1373 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., Tuesday through Sunday, or email We would love your help!

Residential Meals

In each of our 16 neighborhood homes guests prepare and enjoy three meals a day served family style with nutritional guidance from guest house leaders. In our Clubhouse, we oversee daily hot lunches prepared by our members — often using ingredients from our organic gardens cultivated by members and guests.

We are a grateful member of the Houston Food Bank, with additional support from area farmers and food donors.

What We Do

“Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.”

Isaiah 58:10

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

Matthew 25:35-36