Our facility has a food pantry designed to help 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 food donations from out two retail partners, Murfins Market in Clever and Price Cutter in Republic. 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, for clothing and shoes for each family member each month. Small household items, sheets, and blankets are also available at no cost. Local groups occasionally donate handmade quilts for distribution. In addition, we offer milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese from the Milk2MyPlate program. These dairy products, along with dry goods expired but within the USDA limits, are available to each shopper on a monthly basis.
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 or teachers, 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.
People Helping People provides school supplies and backpacks to K-12 children in the Republic school district at the start of each school year. Thanks to our donors, we fill new backpacks with most items included on the published supply lists. Donations are welcomed and accepted in June and July. Families with children in need of supplies should email email@example.com for more information or contact your school counselor.
For families in the Republic School District, our program ‘adopts’ out families to generous donors who agree to act as ‘Santa’ and provide gifts for the children. At distribution, each family is given the provided gifts, and a food basket from our pantry, filled with donations from businesses, organizations, and churches. The application process for receiving assistance starts in November, and clients must fill out an application that is verified through a clearinghouse to avoid duplication of services. This popular program, for givers and receivers alike, is usually the only way some children can receive any Christmas. To share your Christmas and adopt a family, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
McCulloch Elementary has Student Leadership Teams. One team is the People Helping People Team. Teams meet weekly on Fridays. This team works at People Helping People to put food away and store items at McCulloch that People Helping People might not have room for. The leadership team has gladly taken on the task of making hygiene kits for families in need. These students spend their recess time making 25 bags for PHP each week. Not only is PHP impacting the lives of families in our community, it is allowing students to grow as leaders and impact our community.
Prom Shop Saturday is a program designed to assure that no student has to miss Prom because costs are prohibitive. Formal-wear for teens is provided, free of charge, including gowns, shoes, accessories, suits, jackets, pants and ties, all from community donations. Coupons for a corsage or boutonniere are offered, and coupons for beauty salon services are provided, when available. A partnership between founders Amy Jardell, Terri Sondermann, and People Helping People, Prom Shop Saturday is a one-day event every spring.
Providing birthday supplies to a parent or guardian for a child with an upcoming birthday, Birthday Basics offers an age-appropriate present, selected by the parent, a cake mix, canned icing, birthday candles, birthday card and a gift bag. Children through the age of twelve are eligible. It is available up to one month before a birthday, but not retroactively. In response to a study determining that parents would often forego the paying of a bill to provide a nice birthday for their child, and once behind on bills would struggle to catch up, PHP created this program to alleviate this financial strain.
Milk2MyPlate is a new program offered through Ozarks Food Harvest. PHP purchases milk, cottage cheese, and yogurt at a reduced price, and Hiland Dairy delivers products to our door. We offer all clients fresh dairy products monthly, whether or not they are signing up for a food basket. This is another step toward decreasing food insecurity in our area.
AIMS, Alleviating Insecurity in Middle School, is a new program made possible by a grant from the Rural Ozarks Initiative and the Community Foundation. At a time of enhanced peer pressure, most middle school students want to be clean and want to fit in with others. PHP addresses the students’ physical and emotional health by providing personal care products, nutritious snacks, laundry products, T-shirts, and a message of encouragement to students.