Helping Neighbors Food Pantry
Serving Craighead County


Who is Eligible

As Helping Neighbors participates in the USDA, TEFAP, and CSFP programs we do not discriminate against anyone of the basis of religion or religious beliefs or require anyone to attend or participate in a religious practice.  In Accordance with the Federal Civil Rights Law and USDA  civil rights regulations and policies our agency is prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program conducted or funded by USDA.  This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.
In accordance with our USDA agreements the following requirements for service are:

  1. Applicants must reside in our charter service area which is Craighead County.
  2. The head of the household must have a photo I.D. and verify the number of people in the household by age range as we try to modify the service based on age requirements.
  3. They must be prepared to report the total income for everyone in the household.  The income must be  within the income guidelines  of the Emergency Food Assistance Program for the number of people in the household.  (based on 130% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines)
  4. Clients may receive food once a month, at which time they will receive a 3-4 day supply of food. Emergency situations are considered on an individual basis.

In order to facilitate a smooth delivery of service during the drive through Colvid 19 Pandemic parking lot distribution please prepare for your visit in this manner:

1.  No more than 2 orders per vehicle in order to have room to put the food and to allow for timely service to other clients in the line.  Please do not ask for exceptions.

2.  Please have your trunk (preferred placement) or other designated place for the order to go cleared so the food can be quickly placed in the vehicle.  For safety’s sake the runners are not to rearrange food obtained from other sites in order to place your food in the vehicle.  If  your vehicle is full of food from other pantries and /or people we will not be able to place your food in the vehicle.

3.  In order to insure that unauthorized people do not pick up clients food without their permission  if you want to pick up for another person, who is not  present, you must either have a note from them or be their designated proxy on their USDA card.  In either case you must have their identification card.