Approximately 20% of Johnson County residents qualify for assistance from Helping Hand. Low-income people, mostly families, who need emergency help to put food on the table will be helped by this new program. Nearly half of the people we serve are children and nearly one-fifth are senior citizens. In the families we serve, there is at least one working person.
Helping Hand collects food at its centralized facility in the city of Monroe and distributes the food to nonprofit social service agencies and programs in the county. The majority of the food we distribute is in the form of emergency boxes. Individuals or families can receive up to 15 boxes a year. Each box contains a 3-5 day supply of high-quality food. The remaining resources are dedicated to providing food to residential treatment facilities, dinner programs, youth service centers, foster homes, children's program and more.