EMERGENCY SERVICES DIVISION
Emergency Food and Services Program
The Emergency Services Division offers emergency assistance to people in need.
The Emergency Food and Services Program offers an emergency food pantry with hygiene items,
birth certificates, holiday food programs, as well as a school backpack program, and other seasonal programs designed
to meet the needs of our community. The program also provides direct financial employment support, employment related
transportation assistance, rental assistance, and utility assistance when funds are available. All of our services are
coupled with comprehensive case management assistance.
Food services are always available on the following schedule:
Seniors and Homeless individuals may receive food every 30 days from the food pantry.
Families and all others may receive food every 60 days from the food pantry.
The following services are available for people in need when funds are available and on a limited basis:
Rental assistance from multiple programs.
Employment support and assistance with acquisition of state identification and birth certificates
Utility application assistance (electric assistance available for seniors only.)
Please note that no assistance is provided for Southwest Gas, telephone, cable, or internet service of any kind.
Emergency Food Pantry
The food pantry serves over 16,000 individuals and families annually. Residents who live at or below the poverty line choose and shop for food and basic hygiene supplies. Each family member receives perishable and non-perishable food equivalent to 15 meals.
The main sources of food are local churches and congregations and two local groceries allowing the organization to average an annual recovery of 70,000 to 80,000 pounds of food.
The output of food averages around 20,000 pounds each month, a substantial increase observed this fall. The monthly intake of the food pantry is around 5,000 pounds with a much higher output, which is a direct result of rising needs. The number of clients has increased drastically - 1,000 homeless, low/moderate income individuals and families are served each month.
The shortage of food is supplemented by purchasing food from local resources. However, there are often limited non-perishable items available for purchase.
To meet the rapidly increasing demand, the organization will need to collect over 3,400 pounds of food each week. Thus, it is expected that the organization will need to recover about 162,000 pounds of food and provide 180,000 meals annually to more than 12,000 clients.