A HELPING HAND

HUNGER PROJECT GROCERY STORE

You’ve worked your whole life. You’ve never been late on a bill and you take pride in your work. But, after an accident at work, you can’t seem to make ends meet. Being on disability is hard.  After spending hours deciding which bills you are able to pay, you discover you only have $25 leftover for food and medication for the month. Then you remember the Hunger Project Grocery Store. You quickly relax knowing that you don’t have to go hungry in   order to buy your medication. The Catholic Charities Hunger Project is a program that assists individuals and families that are living on a low or fixed income. To qualify for the program, at least one person in the household has to be 55 or older or has to be receiving disability benefits. They also need to be able to show proof of income and proof of residence. Participants are able to shop in our Grocery Store to supplement their low or non-existent food supply. Many of our clients have to sacrifice things such as medication, utilities, or rent in order to pay for food. This program helps them to keep the money they would use for food in order to pay for other necessities.

The InterFaith Hunger Project (IFHP), a Community Impact Project of United Way of Amarillo/Canyon, provides a free monthly supply of healthy, nutritious food for those living on a fixed income — both those age 55 and over or those with disabilities of any age. This program is a life-saver for individuals with low income in Amarillo and Canyon.

Working with High Plains Food Bank, IFHP purchases food for its own small grocery store. Participants in the InterFaith Hunger Project shop for their own food items allowing them to select food that supports the medical and dietary needs associated with the aging and disabled populations.

The IFHP has many volunteers who help with daily tasks in the store and make food deliveries to home-bound participants. If you would like to volunteer for this program, call us at (806) 376-4571.

IFHP always needs and appreciates donations of groceries (both perishable and non-perishable), as well as financial contributions which we use to purchase groceries from the High Plains Food Bank as well as local grocery stores.

How do people qualify for IFHP?

Applicants must provide proof that they are:

  • At least 55 years old or disabled
  • Low income
    (Examples of income include Employment (including Day Labor), SSI, SI, SSDI, Child Support, Widows Benefits, Retirement, Veterans Benefits, etc.)
  • Eligible for food stamps
    (All head of household must be receiving Food Stamps or have a denial letter to be certified.)

They must also provide:

  • Proof of address
    (Current Rental Agreement or at least two bills in applicant’s name with that address.)
  • Photo ID
  • Proof of household bills
    (Such as: rental receipt, electric bill, gas, water, phone, cable, car payment, insurance, doctor bills, medications receipts, loans and credit cards.)

ITEMS NEEDED

 Canned Tuna

 Canned Chicken

 Vienna Sausage

 Canned Chili

 Canned Beef stew

 Canned Soup

 Peanut Butter

 Canned Beans

 Dry Beans

 Canned Pasta (beef, ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, etc.)

 Any Kind of Frozen Meat