Parker Task Force

As a 100% volunteer organization, the vast majority of donations go directly to client services. We strive to help families become self-sufficient. Along with our food bank and other services, one of our Interviewers meets with clients during each visit to discuss their progress.

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Senior Program

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Description

Our Senior Program allows our senior clients to shop for food once or twice per month, based on the clients age. We are finding that there are many seniors in our service area that do not have enough food.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Seniors in our service area have a safety net. Seniors often go without food to pay for medications, rent, or utilities.

Medical Assistance

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children birth to age 3

Description

There are times that clients need to see a doctor and can't afford the visit. We have relationships with family doctors, optometrists, dentists, and audiologists that we refer our clients to for evaluation.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Clients receive the care they need.

School Supplies

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Description

At the beginning of each school year we offer age specific backpacks filled with school supplies to our client families.

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Evidence of Program's Success

All children that need school supplies receive them.

Job Board

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

Adults

Description

We maintain a Job Board that is updated twice weekly by our volunteer coordinators with current job openings. Clients are free to come in to check the board as often as they like.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Feedback from our clients.

Holiday Programs

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Description

In an effort to make sure our client families, especially the children, enjoy each holiday we have programs for Thanksgiving dinners, Easter baskets and Christmas Adopt-A-Family.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We are able to accommodate all clients that wish to participate.

Backpack Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21

Description

We work with local schools to identify the number of kids that are classified as homeless. To make sure that these kids have food over the weekend, we deliver backpacks filled with food to the schools each Friday. The kids pick the backpacks up at a discrete location and return them on Monday. We have four menus that we rotate to provide variety.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The kids are eager to pick up and return their packbacks so that they will have food over the weekend.

Nancy's Market (Food Bank)

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children birth to age 3
General Public

Description

Our food bank is our core program. All non-perishable food is donated through local food drives by churches, schools, businesses, social organizations, grocery stores, and by donations from individuals within the community. In addition we hold 10 food drives per year that bring in 80% of our food. We have successfully run the monthly food drives for nine years. Our perishable food is purchased through financial donations. This includes items such as milk, eggs, chicken, beef, butter, cheese, and produce.
Our shopping room is a "client choice" operation. We believe this gives our clients a sense of control and it also reduces waste since the client will only take what they will use. When Clients enter our shopping room, they are greeted by a personal shopper who explains how we work. Clients are given points to spend based on the number of members in the client's family. For example, a family of four may have 75 points to spend. Each item in our shopping room has the point value posted on the shelf so that the client can do their shopping. Our clients leave with enough food to last for 10 to 14 days, although many clients tell us that they can make it last longer

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Evidence of Program's Success

When our clients come to the Parker Task Force for food, they are able to dedicate their limited resources to meeting other financial obligations such as rent and utilities. As a result, our clients have access to nutritious food and are better able to keep up with their bills.

For example, the vast majority of our senior clients live on a small social security income. By visiting our food bank they are less likely to have to choose between keeping the electricity on and eating regularly.

Eviction and Utility Shut Off Prevention

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General Public/Unspecified

Description

We encourage our clients to come to us for food so that they can use their money for bills. But in the case of a possible eviction or utility shut off, we do help our clients with these bills if we believe that they will be able to pay these bills going forward.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have never had to leave a client without a roof over their head or utilities due to the lack of funds.

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