Programs and Services
NGCC operates as a client choice food bank. Upon arrival, each client is given a shopping list of available items to choose which items they need most that month. The number of items received depends on the size of the household. We always have the basics on hand; canned vegetables, pasta, soup, Mac-n-cheese and tuna, to name just a few. We also provide perishable items such as margarine, sliced cheese and ground meat. In addition, each client is given a voucher to use at the SkyPlaza IGA for either a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs or a loaf of bread.
Requirements To Receive Food
No appointment is necessary. Simply visit the Cupboard during opening hours once a month to be served. If you are unable to travel to the Cupboard in person, you may send a proxy. Your proxy must provide a letter from you authorizing them to pickup food for you, your proof of current residency and their photo ID.
* Clients must reside in the James A Garfield School District.
* Clients may visit the Cupboard once every month.
* Clients must bring their photo ID and proof of current residency such as a recent rent or utility bill.
* Clients must meet the income guidelines for federal and state program eligibility. Click to view guidelines.
* Clients must sign and date the Federal Food Eligibility (TFAP) Form during each visit verifying that income guidelines have been met and food has been received.
Weekend SnackPack Program
The Weekend SnackPack Program provides a bag of healthy and easy to prepare snack foods to be sent home to all eligible students in the James A Garfield School District once a month. The school counselors discreetly place the SnackPacks into each participating child’s backpack at no cost to the family. The SnackPack contains 15-18 healthy snacks to assist families in feeding their children after school and on weekends. Contact your child's guidance counselor to sign up for the program.
If you need additional help with food, housing, utilities, employment, health care, counseling or more, simply dial 2-1-1 to reach the United Way's first call for help. More information can be found on their website 211 Portage or use their searchable database to Get Connected with the services you need.