MHC’s patrons come from a variety of backgrounds and circumstance. We strive to create a welcoming and judgement free environment where anyone in need can feel comfortable. Our food pantry and education programs are available to anyone in need. Learn more about how the pantry works here.
While we don’t require proof of need, to ensure our services are available to those who need them most, we do ask that patrons meet at least one of the following conditions:
- You are unable to meet your basic living expenses (rent, utilities, etc.) and buy food this month.
- You qualify to receive aid from federal or state agencies, such as AFDC, food stamps, WIC, etc.
- You have an acute or chronic illness or have been in an accident that makes it difficult or impossible to work at the present time.
- You have lost your job within the past month.
- You are homeless.
- You are 55 or older.
- There is a pregnant or nursing mother in your household.
- You are a single parent who does not receive child support or did not receive any this month.
- Your income falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. In 2008 this translates to the following for a family of…
(1) $20,800/year or $1,733/month
(2) $28,000/year or $2,333/month
(3) $35,200/year or $2,933/month
(4) $42,400/year or $3,533/month
(5) $49,600/year or $4,133/month
(6) $56,800/year or $4,733/month
(7) $64,000/year or $5,333/month
(8) $71,200/year or $5,933/month
*For each additional person add $7,200/year.
Over 98% of our patrons surveyed say MHC is a fair and welcoming place. Here are some comments we have received over the years:
I love Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard because there are times when we can’t get milk and eggs—just the basic stuff—and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard has a lot of nutritious food. None of it goes to waste; we use it all. The Cupboard has been there for us for a long time, helping us make it through the hard times. I see a lot of families that really need the help and get what they need and nourishment for their kids too. MHC has been really great. – MHC patron
My family appreciates all the food we get at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard because I’m disabled and my mom’s elderly. Food stamps just do not last us. We get a lot of good milk, bread, eggs, cottage cheese, cheese, chips and canned goods. I’ve tried new foods that I wouldn’t eat before. We appreciate this place so very much. Thank you. -MHC Patron on disability who takes care of her mother
I’m currently unemployed. I’ve been coming to MHC for about a month. If it wasn’t for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, I don’t know what I’d do. They supply me with milk and canned goods and the necessary things I need. Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is a really good outfit. They help a lot of people and I’m really proud that I can come down here and get their help. -MHC Patron
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard treats you with respect and dignity. They don’t degrade or embarrass you, and they let you leave there with a little bit of pride and dignity which is hard to have when you’re in that position in your life. Not only am I getting some help at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, but it’s good stuff. We have tried vegetables that we would have never normally tried. We have found a couple things through them that we like and try to get at the store now. -MHC Patron