Outreach Programs

Emergency Food Distribution:

Food assistance provided to area individuals who, due to financial hardship find themselves with no means of providing food for their family. Determined case-by-case.

USDA Food* :

Community Outreach is the food distribution point for Vernon County. Approximately 400 citizens come to this agency monthly to receive free USDA food. Income guidelines are provided by the state of Missouri to indicate eligibilty.

Seeds of Faith:

A community garden was established during the summer of 2014, harvesting approximately 10,000 lbs. of fresh produce. Contributing to this total were; The Community Garden, Gleanings (from large farms working with Seeds of Faith) and local farmers. The program has now developed and grown, collecting up to 15,000 lbs. of healthy produce during the summer months.

Soup Kitchen:

This new program is designed to help feed our homeless and struggling families in Vernon County. The homeless may eat at the kitchen and then receive a bag for dinner. Food stamps have been drastically cut so the kitchen is available to residents to help them spread their food stamps.The Kitchen is open 12:00 -1:00 Monday - Friday at 225 N. Cedar.

Back to School Fair:

In the fall, Community Outreach, West Central, area churches and businesses donate money or school supplies. Approximately 340 Vernon County students are supplied with a book bag filled with much needed supplies to get them started.

Back Packs of Love:

For some children, school breakfasts and lunches are their primary source of food. Backpacks of Love reaches out to children living in extreme poverty or neglect and provides a bag of food on the weekend to ensure each child is fed.

Food Baskets:

Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets distribution is coordinated by Community Outreach. This program is a cooperative effort between our agency, The Salvation Army, Nevada High School, Vernon County Ambulance, numerous churches and individuals.

Mobile Food Pantry:

The Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry coordinates with Community Outreach to bring food and supplies directly to families in need in Vernon County.

Family Assistance:

Personal information to help families and individuals make better choices with budgeting, grocery shopping and employment.

*USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.