Iron County Care and Share Food Pantry program provides food and household products to low-income families and the homeless individual. Our food pantry provides over 850 unique households each month with nutritional monthly food boxes that also include household items such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and hygiene items.
Each family or individual is allowed to visit our pantry once per week to pick up perishable items like produce, bread, milk, and eggs.
ICCS food pantry is a client choice program, which means each client chooses their own products, and the process is like grocery shopping. This helps the clients to feel valued and eliminates our waste by up to 26%.
IRON COUNTY CARE AND SHARE SUPPORTS THE PANTRY PROGRAMS WITH MULTIPLE FUNDING SOURCES. ELIGIBILITY MAY VARY.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
This is an equal opportunity program – Este es un programa de oportunidades iguales
Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) assists low-income families and individuals by looking at all their needs and resources to reduce barriers by utilizing several programs such as:
Information and Referrals
- Family Development
- USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program (Food/Nutrition TEFAP)
These programs operate at 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (Income Guidelines) except for USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program known as TEFAP
Individuals and households receiving CSBG supported services must have incomes at or below 125% of the federal poverty level, as issued by the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines. CSBG recipient and sub-recipient agencies are required to conduct eligibility screenings as part of their client intake process. Agencies must have written policies and procedures for each program they administer that uses CSBG funds to ensure that CSBG funds are only used to support individuals and families who meet the income eligibility requirement. Agencies may determine the types of documentation they require for income verification based on the list of acceptable documentation listed in the SCSO Income Verification Policy.
The income of all members of each individual family unit must be included in determining the income eligibility. A family unit is either (1) related individuals, or (2) an unrelated individual excluding house mates (renters or leasers). (See definitions p.2)
If a household includes more than one family unit, the poverty guidelines shall be applied separately to each family unit, and not to the household as a whole. If a person lives with a family, add up the income of all family members. (Do not count Non-relatives such as housemates [renters, leasers])
Income Verification Types:
In order to accurately determine an individual’s or household’s gross income, the following sources, as described by the US Census Bureau, must be considered in the income determination:
- Gross earnings from employment (wages, salaries, tips, commissions, bonuses etc.)
- Unemployment compensation (public or private
- Workers’ compensation
- Social security
- Public assistance or welfare payments in the form of cash (TANF, SSI, nonfederal General Assistance, or General Relief money payments)
- Veterans’ payments
- Survivor benefits
- Disability benefits
- Pension or retirement income
- Regular insurance or any type of annuity payments
- College or university scholarships, grants, fellowships, and assistantships
- Interest income on assets in excess of $10,000
- Rents, royalties, and estates and trusts
- Educational assistance
- Child support
- Financial assistance from outside of the household
- Other income (military family allotments or other regular support from an absent family member or someone living in the household, etc.) If a person lives with a family, add up the income of all family members. (Non-relatives, such as housemates, do not count.) Agencies should not include the following when verifying income:
- Capital gains people receive(d) (or losses they incur) from the sale of property, including stocks, bonds, a house, or a car (unless the person was engaged in the business of selling such property).
- Noncash benefits (such as food stamps, housing subsidies, Medicare, Medicaid, or school lunches)
- Withdrawals of bank deposits
- Money borrowed
- Tax refunds
- Gifts, loans, lump-sum inheritances, one-time insurance payments, or compensation for injury
- Fringe benefits
- Food or housing received in lieu of wages
- Income earned through working for the census
Income Verification Sources:
Acceptable source documentation includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Check stubs
- Bank Statements
- Proof of SSI or Social Security
- Written statements from employers
- Previous year tax form 1040 for self-employed individuals
- Award letters for government transfers
- Statement from a government entity illustrating eligibility for other programs with the same or lower poverty limit
In order to accurately determine income eligibility for program services, the eligibility determinations must be based on gross household income for the 30 days prior to application for assistance/services. In order to continue to qualify for services, each Agency will require recipients of CSBG funded services to submit approved income documentation at a minimum of once every 12 months. In order to accurately demonstrate client eligibility, the following items must be included in each client file:
- Gross income for all household members over 18 (as determined from the above sources)
- Source documentation for determining income and income types and amounts
- Calculations used to determine annualized gross income
Agencies must also determine the frequency and possible variations in pay in order to accurately determine income. The State will monitor and audit calculations and variations that are used.
Once an application is filled out, submitted, and verified, if any household member refuses to disclose income, or sign a self-declaration of no income, that client will not be eligible for services under CSBG funded programs.
Additional Household Eligibility-Households whose income is at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines are eligible to receive donated foods for home consumption by self declaration according to 7 CFR Part 251.5(b). Automatic eligibility is given to clients who currently participate in one of these programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, receive Free or Reduced-Price School Meal benefits or have a child enrolled in the Federal Head Start Program