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Self-Sufficiency Department

Three small boxes each with a boxed pie and a packaged frozen turkey on top

Emergency Basic Needs

We understand that sometimes life's hurdles can make it challenging to make ends meet. 
We offer services that help with a family or individual's most pressing needs:

  • Food Pantry

    - Open Monday - Friday from 8:45-12:15, 1-3:30
    - E 17th St entrance - door by the ramp has an awning and a doorbell - contact free, masks required
    - Bring a photo ID if you have one, and answer basic questions regarding your household

  • If you need rent or utility assistance due to COVID-19, please go to this site.

  • Rent, Security Deposit, Mortgage Assistance

    Call 814-SHELTER (814-743-5837) first for these requests! They'll make an official referral for you.

  • Other Assistance

    - Life-sustaining prescriptions (1x/year)
    - Transportation assistance for out-of-town medical appointments (1x/year)
    - Bus token (employment purposes 1x/year)

  • Referrals to other SMC programs or to another local agency

    - Other programs including credit/budget counseling, St. Martin Early Learning Center, etc.
    - Other local agencies who may be able to better assist you

  • People Helped Last Year


  • Bishop's Breakfast Meals Served


  • Children Educated


  • Food Pantry Served


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