Frequently Asked Questions
How are you funded?
About 80% of our income is from individual donors. People like knowing their donations are getting directly to people in need. The other twenty percent comes from local foundations or government grants.
How many people do you help?
Our two food pantries now serve over 1,200 families each month. Our Community Kitchen serves about 275hungry people each night, 5 nights a week. We help, on average each month, 190 families with rent and utility bills, totaling over $25,000 each month. We place about 30 people a month in jobs. In 2012 we had the following results:
- We provided emergency assistance to 2,301 families totaling over $300,000.
- We helped 337 people find employment in our Employment Services Program
- From our 2 pantries, we provided monthly grocery help to an average of 1,249 households each month.
- We served 69,009 evening meals in our Community Kitchen.
How big is your staff?
We have 18 full-time and 4 part-time employees.
How do you qualify people for emergency assistance?
In order to insure that we are helping households with a true need, we ask the client to fill out an application. We review these applications and invite qualified clients to make an appointment with a counselor. After we have verified the information and had a counseling session with the client, we write a check directly to the utility or landlord.
Do you take donations of clothes, furniture or appliances?
Yes and no. Our building is small; consequently we do not have much storage space. It is best to call before bringing something to us.
Do you have volunteer opportunities?
Yes. The best volunteer opportunities are in one of our food pantries or in the Community Kitchen. Please contact Angela Jonas at 816.231.0984 or email email@example.com for more information.