The Capuchin Services Center serves as the distribution site for emergency food and clothing.
The Center has recently reengineered its food pantry to resemble a small grocery store, complete with reach-in freezers and coolers, vegetable and fruit islands, bread and pastry racks. Each guest is granted a designated number of pounds of food, based on family size. Non-perishable items and frozen meats are included in the allotted pounds; but fresh vegetables, dairy items, bread and other perishable foods are not. Those items are available to consumers over and above their weight total. Rather, they are available without limitation.
The clothing distribution area was also redone with an emphasis on providing a more retail feel to the shopping experience.
It also distributes appliances and furniture for families reestablishing households after a fire or a stay in a shelter. There are no geographic eligibility criteria; however, all recipients of service are interviewed by an emergency assistance worker. Identification must be provided for all individuals for whom assistance is requested. Families are eligible for food assistance every thirty days, and receive sufficient food to feed a family of four for a week. A typical food package contains ten pounds of meat, canned and boxed dry goods, fresh produce and fruit.
Case management services are provided by degreed social workers, and support groups are offered for mothers and grandparents raising grandchildren. Donations of food, clothing and appliances and furniture in good condition are gratefully accepted.