UCM provides a designed combination of food items that supply each person in the home 3 meals per day for a 3 day period. This method of addressing food insecurity or hunger provided provided 35,298 meals to 3,922 individuals during the calendar year 2016. Thirty-one percent of those receiving food from UCM in 2016 were children under the age of eighteen. As part of our emergency food assistance services, UCM participates in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). For more information about TEFAP, please CLICK HERE.
Financial assistance with utilities (electricity, water, heating fuels) is provided to aid families in maintaining safe shelter. Utility assistance is paid directly to the utility vendor. $71,500 in direct financial assistance for utilities was provided during 2019.
Nutritional Supplements for Cancer Patients
Nutritional supplements, such as Boost or Ensure, are provided to persons with cancer who cannot tolerate a regular diet. Qualifying recipients are provided a case of supplement per month.
In order to provide clothing assistance to our neighbors in need, UCM maintains a collaborative relationship with Miracle Hill Ministries. This collaboration allows UCM to provide gift cards to persons in need which are redeemed for clothing at the Miracle Hill Thrift Store located in Easley. Clothing donations brought directly to UCM are critical to maintaining this cooperative ministry.
UCM assists individuals and families in meeting their shelter needs by providing financial assistance with rent to avoid eviction. Rent assistance payments are made directly to the property owner. In order to best meet the needs in our community, UCM works in close cooperation with area agencies providing similar services.
SNAP Application Assistance
During UCM service hours (9am – 12 noon MWF), assistance may be provided to persons needing to apply for SNAP benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps).