Food Assistance Ministry

Chase Corner UMM provides support for families in need of food assistance in 3 primary ways: Weekly USDA Distribution, Monthly Community Food Distribution, and an Emergency Food Pantry.

Chase Corner Ministries is a partner agency of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM). SHFBM partners and distributes food and essential grocery items to approximately 550 hunger feeding agencies in 19 counties in North and South Carolina. Agencies served include emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, shelters and low-income daycares.

Weekly USDA Distribution

Every Wednesday this ministry provides USDA food from 9am – 2pm. If your family qualifies, you must fill out our Chase Ministries’ Crisis Application once and a Second Harvest application every time you receive food. Each eligible family receiving food will only receive USDA once every two months. You will be given a card reminding you when you can come back to receive USDA food again. The selection and amount of food given each month will vary and depend on what is delivered to the ministry from the Second Harvest Food Bank. Each family, regardless of the number of people within the family, will receive the same amount of food until that item runs out. In an emergency, you may receive food in between from our emergency food pantry upon the discretion of the Ministry Director and availability of food. You must make an appointment to receive food from our food pantry (more information below).

Civil Rights Nondiscrimination Statement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited basis will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Monthly Community Food Distribution

Each month we distribute food from the 2nd Harvest Food Bank on our Mobile Food Pantry. Click here for the next location and date . Arrive early as food is distributed first come first serve, usually around 8am. Distribution usually begins between 10 and 10:30 a.m. at the designated location. Many people choose to carpool. It is wise to bring a book or something to occupy your time while you wait in line. You automatically qualify for food if you receive food stamps, or you may qualify under our Metrolina Food Bank guidelines: 1) You must be a Rutherford County resident to receive food. 2) You must meet the financial guidelines. 3) You must fill out a form (one per household) to receive your food.

In 2013 alone we helped 2,883 families with the mobile food truck and 7,499 individuals. On average the mobile food pantry helps 250-300 families per month. If your church or organization would like to purchase a food truck from 2nd Harvest for Rutherford County residents and host a Food Truck at your location, please contact Ministry Director, Cynthia Cooper (Contact Info.).

Emergency Food Pantry

Families may also receive food from Chase Corner Ministries’ Emergency Food Pantry by appointment. Families may receive a food box if they are in an emergency and it is not yet time for them to get their USDA food, or they do not qualify for USDA food. A family may get a food box in addition to their USDA food if they are in in an emergency situation. Food boxes are distributed on a case by case basis depending on how many people are in a family, the families’ individual needs, and what food is currently stocked in our pantry.

Where does the food pantry food come from? Food pantry items come from churches and individuals who have generously given to feed those in need in our community. If you would like to give items to be used for our pantry, you may bring items between the hours of 8:30-2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday or contact the director to arrange pick up. We are most grateful for all donations. We need items such as canned vegetables, canned meat, and canned fruit. Boxed food is also appreciated. We also welcome toiletry items such as: soap, toilet tissue, feminine products, shampoo, etc. When we receive items such as diapers for adults and babies, we distribute those to needy families. Other items requested are things like laundry detergent. Monetary gifts also help us stock this pantry. In 2013, we helped almost 1300 people through our food pantry alone.



 

Financial Assistance

Chase Corner Ministries is able to provide financial assistance for families with disconnection notices on power, water, and other utility bills as well as for rent, prescription medications, and kerosene for heating. In order to be eligible for financial assistance each family must be a Rutherford County resident and be in financial crisis. A representative of the family must fill out a Crisis Center Application and bring in a copy of the bill or provide proof of the assistance needed. Each eligible family can receive assistance up to $50. Once a family has received assistance from Chase Ministries, they will not be eligible to apply for financial assistance again for another 6 months. A specific amount of money will be set aside each month for financial assistance. This amount will be determined by the Board of Directors. When the limit is reached each month no more financial assistance can be given until the following month when the limit is renewed.

When giving assistance, the Ministry Director will make a copy of the family’s cut-off notice, eviction notice, or prescriptions and give them a form to go with their bill or a letter to take to their landlord or pharmacy. They must pay their part before the Ministry will pay the remaining portion. If the family does not pay their part by the disconnection or eviction date, the money will be allotted to another family. Once the family has paid their portion of the bill and has notified the Ministry Director, she will call the company and commit the Ministry’s part. The payments will be made to the companies at the end of each month by check. The Ministry will not give cash or checks to the families receiving assistance. The Ministry will not deliver payments to the companies.

Exceptions to the policy above:

  • The Ministry will not provide financial aid for narcotics.

  • A family can be turned down for financial assistance if the Ministry Director has reason to believe that the family is being dishonest in reporting their personal information or financial need.

  • If a family has a circumstance that is not outlined in the above policy and requires special consideration, the Ministry Director must get permission from the Board of Directors before assisting this family.