HANDS provides monthly food assistance (meat, produce, bread, etc.) to eligible Middlesex residents. The food comes from several sources (USDA, Northern Neck Food Bank, Food Lion under a Feed More agreement, and food donated by community groups and individuals. Food can be picked up at the Cryer Center on the 2nd Tuesday of the month for large households (3 or more members) and 4th Tuesday of the month for small households (1 or 2 members). Refer to Events calendar for hours.
Emergency food can be obtained, when available, from the Cryer Center during office hours.
MOBILE FOOD BANK
HANDS recently received a grant from River Counties Community Foundation, BJ's Charitable Foundation, FeedMore and Northern Neck Food Bank for a refrigerated truck to expand food service locations for persons unable to pick up food at the Cryer Center on their designated date. The mobile truck location varies among several churches in Middlesex County. Refer to the Events calendar for the mobile truck location and hours.
HANDS constructs new temporary ramps for eligible clients whose mobility needs require the use of a ramp and who are income qualified based on HANDS income guidelines. The ramps are the property of HANDS and are removed and recyled when the client no longer has a need for them.
HOME REPAIR PROGRAM
HANDS HRP Program has 24 years of experience successfully repairing a variety of substandard homes. Some of the recent projects completed include plumbing and water pump repairs, replacement of rotted floors, roof repairs, replacement of hot water heaters, septic systems repairs, and weather stripping.
HANDS provides children in Middlesex schools with six "child friendly" meals each Friday for the weekend. In addition, HANDS stocks the Charger closet food pantry in the high school for students when needed to take home for weekends.
Yard sales are held every second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Items donated to the center are eligible for purchase by the public. Funds from these sales help to finance HANDS client services.
An annual Civic Yard Sale event is held in conjuntion with several civic and church organizations.
Clients are able to receive furniture and other donated household items free of charge. Requests for large furniture items are maintained and fulfilled as items are donated. HANDS can arrange for large items to be picked up if the donor is unable to bring it to the Cryer Center.
The Clothing closet receives donated clothes, sorts and displays them on racks. Qualifying clients can select clothing free of charge on Tuesdays and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month during yard sales.
SENIOR FOOD SUPPLEMENTS
Qualified Middlesex residents 60 and above are eligible for a once monthly healthy food supplement as part of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFB).
This is in addition to any foods received under the Food Pantry and U.S.D.A. programs.
Monthly income limits range from $1,287 for a single person household to more than $2,184 for a multi-person household.
Emergency Energy Assistance - HANDS provides funding to Social Services to assist Middlesex residents with energy bills.
Free Tax Returns - AARP Tax Aide provides free tax return services
Free Flu Shots - Provided by Blackwood Foundation
Holiday meals - Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are delivered to homes of disabled/handicapped and low or no income residents of Middlesex County.
Emergency housing Assistance - provided to victims of fire or other natural disasters once they have exhausted all other resources.