Food Pantry Program
PCM provides a 2-3 day supply of emergency groceries to families in crisis once a month up to five times in any given one-year period. To qualify for assistance, households must provide:
- Picture identification of applying member
- Social Security cards for all members of the household
- Proof of income (i.e., award letter or 3 consecutive check stubs)
Contact Karen Burton at 270.442.6795 for more information.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CFSP Senior Program)
Supported by the US Department of Agriculture in every county in Kentucky, CSFP helps ensure low-income seniors of having a balanced diet. We’re currently using a drive-thu strategy to put groceries into the hands of the 404 seniors enrolled here at PCM (photo). Non-perishable items are bagged (see photo) and when clients arrive for pick-up, we add the perishable items that are available – for example cheese and bread. We’re open for distribution on the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of every month.
These photos show the brown bags waiting in the assembly room and seniors (or a designated neighbor or relative) at the drive through. The van is picking up commodities for residents at W.D. Sanders Retirement Center and Jackson House.
How does the food get to us? PCM’s commodities come in caseloads from the Purchase Area Development District’s warehouse in Mayfield once a month, usually a morning just before the first distribution. To accommodate seniors who live at a distance from PCM, commodities are also distributed from Highland Baptist Church.
Transporting, unloading, packaging, and distributing so much food is an enormous undertaking but it’s made much, much easier with the help of our beloved and intrepid volunteers:
- Volunteers from Computer Systems Inc. (CSI) and teams from Old Dominion Trucking Company are reliably on hand to transport and unload;
- Members of area congregations and our Board of Directors as well as individuals of all ages gather in the assembly room to pack grocery bags;
- Friends join with members of the staff work both in and outside on distribution day.
Qualifying income maximum for the program are $1,384 for a household of 1 person; and $1,874 for a household of 2.
Kathy Rowland is the administrator of the program. She will take applications and always keeps an active waiting list.
Temporary hot, cooked meals are provided to elderly convalescing individuals referred by area hospitals. Meals are prepared and delivered by the Paducah/McCracken Senior Center and funded by PCM. Contact Jodi Miller at 270.442.6795 for more information.