Van Community Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation providing assistance to low-income residents. Our services are available to families in need residing in Van Independent School District. We currently distribute supplemental food, twice monthly, to approximately 400 households. These services are made possible through grants, fundraisers, and donations of money, food, and volunteer hours from the greater Van community. In hard times, everyone can use a hand, and we want to be that open hand for our community.
Open to any resident of the Van School District who meets the annual income guidelines for 130% of poverty and who can produce proof of residence. Produce is available to any resident regardless of income. Food Service Hours are the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sr. Box distribution as the 2nd Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Financial Assistance is available only to regular food pantry clients. Those requesting assistance must show not only a need but how they plan to meet their obligations in the future. Help with rent is limited to the last $100 and only available once in 12 months. Utility assistance is limited $50 once in 12 months. Phone bills are paid only in health-related cases. Prescription assistance is limited to non-narcotics of $50 or less once in a 12 month. The prescription must be filled at Brookshire’s in Van. Gasoline is provided for medical and work-related cases only and is limited to $20 once in 12 months. Financial assistance is limited to three times for each: rent, utilities, prescriptions, and gasoline.
Back Pack Program
In conjunction with the Van ISD we provide non-perishable food bags to eligible school students weekly. Funding for this program is through donations made specifically for the Back-Pack Program. Back Pack Program