Our facility has a food pantry designed to help needy families in a crisis, available up to three times a year for each family. Each 'basket' contains staples such as canned fruit, beans, chili, vegetables, soup, tuna, spaghetti and sauce, cereal, and peanut butter and jelly. Most of these items are obtained through community donations and food drives from the schools, Boy Scouts, and Postal Workers. We purchase, through our donated funds, from Ozarks Food Harvest (part of Feeding America) at a discounted rate. We also receive donations from Murfins Market in Clever, and Walmart in Clever, and often receive fresh vegetables and fruit. We like to include cheese, eggs, meat, bread, shampoo, dental hygiene products, toilet paper, and soap.
Supplied completely through community donations, those in need can shop, free of charge, our clothing bank up to once a month. Clothing, shoes, and small household items are available. The schools use the clothing bank as a resource for children needing coats, shoes, and clothing.
This is a weekend backpack program designed to give undernourished children food for the weekend. Students are nominated for the program by the school nurses, and every Friday those children are supplied with a backpack with portable, age-appropriate foods. PHP partners with Care to Learn on the backpack program.
Our school supply drive is an ongoing project. We donate gift cards to each school for the purchase of school supplies for those children who cannot afford them and keep the supplies stocked throughout the year so that no child is ever without items that can affect their performance.
For families in the Republic school district, our program 'adopts' out families to donors. These donors act as 'Santas' and provide Christmas gifts for the children. Each family is also given a food basket from the pantry. Sign-up begins in November. Each family must fill out an application that is verified through a clearinghouse to avoid duplication of services. A popular program for givers and receivers alike, this program is usually the only way some children can receive any Christmas.