We happily accept both as they are important in different ways! Cash donations – in addition to being able to purchase food, socks, and underwear – allow us to maintain our facility and support our staff. In-kind donations – food and clothing – are critical to supporting our mission. Food donations often give us a great variety of items that may be harder for us to purchase – like cooking oil, spices, and other pantry essentials. Donations of gently-used clothing for every member of the family are featured in our StyleXchange program and are in high demand.
Our food shelf directly distributes food to people in our community through our SuperShelf. Valley Outreach leverages the buying power of food banks, like Second Harvest Heartland and The Food Group. We purchase food in bulk from both our food bank partners. Through them, we source a variety of foods and ensure we have a consistent inventory of high-demand foods for our shoppers.
We help anyone who comes to us in need. Making assumptions based on appearance or material possessions is not helpful nor accurate. We ask that the community remember that appearances don’t always reflect need.
– In some cases, neighbors borrow vehicles to get to Valley Outreach. Some may be locked into car payments they were able to afford while employed but now struggle to meet.
– “Nice” cars in our lot could belong to a volunteer or a donor, or a client may be getting a ride from a friend.
A client’s unique needs may result from health problems, differing ability, age, or another factor not necessarily visible to others.
– For many apparently financially stable individuals, a catastrophic life event or job loss can move them from middle class to teetering on the brink of financial instability in a relatively short time.
– Smart phones are often less expensive than a standard landline.
The team at Valley Outreach is here to help, not to question or pass judgment. We ask everyone else who visits our organization to extend the same compassion.
All are welcome to come to Valley Outreach if they need help with food or clothing. We typically serve individuals and families living within 300% of the federal poverty line. Learn more on our Info for Clients page.
People are welcome to come as often as they need.
Yes, all are welcome to come to Valley Outreach! We serve everyone in our community in need of food, clothing, and support navigating resources.