Our emergency food pantry is open Monday - Thursday, from 1 - 4PM. Our mission is to provide nourishing foods to people in need, and we are happy to be able to provide food for you and your household. PLEASE, though, remember that we cannot take the place of a grocery store! We ask that you only come to our office if you are in need of help with food. PLEASE do not think of our emergency pantry as the place to come for your "free food every month"! By coming only when you have a sincere need for help, you will be assisting us to provide more foods for the households that truly need us. WE WILL NEVER turn anyone away...but we need your help to maintain enough food for all. We are "people helping people".
When we have funds, we do assist with utility shut-offs, rent, prescription medications, gasoline, and other requests. However, because we are feeding so many households now, and the cost of food is HUGE, we are only able to help with a fraction of what we have done in the past. This type of assistance is only given ONE TIME per 12 month period, IF WE HAVE FUNDS. Due to the volume of requests, if you have been helped with this type of assistance more than once or twice, it is unlikely that we can help again.
We also help with clothing, furniture, and household items, as we have them available. Currently, we can allow adults to get clothing TWO TIMES per year. We will always give consideration to providing clothing for children, unless the requests are too frequent. At this time, we are only able to help with furniture & household items, if you have experienced a burn-out or similar emergency.
At Ozark Share & Care, our mission is to provide nourishing foods for people and families who need help to keep food in the house. We change our "menu", as we have the money to purchase more or less food, so hopefully, we will be able to buy more to give out, if everyone only comes when it is absolutely necessary!
IF YOU HAVE BEEN ISSUED A CARD TO USE IN OUR FOOD PANTRY: This year, we have asked that you only use your card 6 times per year. If you find that you need food more often, please just come to our office during regular hours for assistance. Your card is only good to be used at the food pick-up door, as it is marked. Anyone who needs food, regardless of whether you have a card, or not, is welcome to come to the office and apply for help during our regular hours!
OUR CURRENT "MENU" IN THE FOOD PANTRY:
Fresh milk, frozen hot dogs, sausage, (and/or other meats), cheese, margarine, eggs, fresh vegetables or fruit (brocolli, carrots, spinach, cauliflower, bananas, apples, etc.), ramen noodles or soup, tuna, macaroni/cheese dinners, canned spaghetti/meatballs, cookies, canned corn & green beans, canned pinto beans, snacks, crackers, frozen turnips, and bread. (This list is what we purchase. Other foods are provided, according to what has been donated by churches, or other organizations) We also include emergency USDA commodities, infant food, formula, & diapers, toilet paper, and toiletries, as we have available.
FOOD: 230 Households 8,370 lbs. 769 people
27 Households helped with clothing, furniture, etc., at a value of $1,064.00
49 Households assisted with:
RENT: $1,324.64 UTILITIES: $2,872.01 GASOLINE: $243.00
PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES: $241.63 FREE DENTAL CLINIC: $300.00
(Boone County Senior Center) HOME-DELIVERED MEALS: $200.00
LOCAL FOOD PURCHASES: $7,784.64
Number of Volunteers: 53 Hours: 963
Brand New Households this month: 19
BOONE COUNTY UNIT OF THE SALVATION ARMY:
$3,570.75 (for emergency rent/mortgage, & utilities)