Clothing and Household Items
Each month that a family comes to their food pantry appointment, they receive a $5 gift card to AGAPE Thrift. These gift cards can be used to purchase items that the family needs, including clothing, household items, furniture and more. We also assist victims of a disaster or an emergency as referred by local agencies and the American Red Cross.
Personal Hygiene Items
Personal hygiene items, like soap and toilet paper, can not be purchased with food stamps. We try to keep our food pantry stocked with these items to help our pantry clients. However, if we have to choose between buying food and buying toilet paper, we will choose food, so we do run short on personal hygiene items.
Every family in our pantry is eligible for winter weatherization supplies, like plastic for windows, weather stripping, etc. In addition we offer air conditioning units and space heaters as supplies allow and need demands. Eligibility requirements are the same as our food pantry.
Emergency Financial Aid
All income eligible residents of Warren County are eligible for emergency funds for utility aid, as long as we have the funds. Financial aid funds are only available to people in an emergency situation. In order to be considered for financial aid, clients must have a disconnect notice, fill out a financial aid application and complete a budgeting class.
S.A.F.E. (Shelter Assistance for Families in Emergencies)
The SAFE program helps families who are experiencing, or at high risk of becoming, homeless. The program consists of three main parts: emergency shelter; rapid re-housing and financial assistance. This program helps the most vulnerable residents of our community.
Expecting mothers using the food pantry receive a birth kit from us that includes baby clothes, blankets, bottles and diapers. They also receive a community referral for diapers, layette kits, maternity clothes and free counseling.
As an access point for the Missouri Career Center, we help individuals make use of the State’s “Missouri Career Source” database of employers, and facilitate their use of the Career Center.
Applications are considered on a case by case basis. We will consider any prescription that is needed to sustain life and health. Assistance will not be provided for precriptions such as birth control; “life style” drugs, such as Viagra; and controlled substances with high street values, such as oxycontin.
Each summer we provide school supplies to the families in our food pantry. Requirements are, income-eligible families with a child K – 12 only and must live full time in the home, and attend any school in Warren County. We place sign up sheets at the food pantries to make signing up for the program convenient for parents.
When a family makes their once-monthly visit to the pantry, if there is a child under 18 in the home having a birthday that month, the family can select a birthday present, and we provide them with a cake, or with the supplies to bake a cake when we have the supplies in stock. This program is only available in the food pantries.
We work with the Missouri Career Center as funds allow, to provide clothing, shoes and supplies for individuals to keep or obtain employment. Clients who have been referred by the Career Center can also receive free clothing from our thrift shop for a job or interview.
The Share-A-Christmas (SAC) program provides gifts for children (younger than 18) who live in their parents’ home full-time. Every family in our food pantry is eligible for the Share-A-Christmas program. In addition we take applications from families who have not needed the pantry. Our goal is to ensure that all children in Warren County experience the joy of Christmas.