Clothing and Household Items
Our pantry issues $5.00 gift cards to each family every month when they visit our food pantry. These gift cards are good for clothing and household items available at our thrift shop. In addition to the gift card, the pantry also has a small supply of new clothing donated by local retailers. Each family is allowed to choose new clothing from this ‘closet’ with each pantry visit. These new clothes and some household items are reserved exclusively for our pantry clients and are never sold through the thrift shop. 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. It is emergency funds, to be eligible for assistance with utilities such as electric, propane and water you have to present a disconnect notice.
Our CWEP (Community Workforce Enhancement Program) seeks out families who want to do more than work; they want to move up economically and become truly self-sufficient. Program participants are both working and enrolled in an accepted educational program. Graduates of CWEP have earned degrees in education, nursing, business, nuclear technology, criminal justice, EMT and culinary arts. They are now working in schools, hospitals, business, law enforcement or industry.
Each year our CWEP Committee receives numerous inquiries about our CWEP Program. The Committee is accepting applicants to the program that have more than the desire to get ahead, they will have a plan, and they will be able to articulate that plan as well as the milestones they need to reach their goal.
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.