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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HOME REPAIR PROGRAM
HANDS HRP Program has 26 years of experience successfully repairing a variety of damaged homes. Some of the recent projects completed include plumbing and water pump repairs, replacement of rotted floors, roof repairs, replacement of hot water heaters, and septic systems repairs.
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.
The Clothing closet receives donated clothes, sorts and displays them on racks. Qualifying clients can select clothing free of charge on the first Thursday of the month from 11a.m. to 3p.m.
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.
Free Tax Returns - AARP Tax Aide provides free tax return services
Free Flu Shots - Provided by Blackwood Foundation
Emergency housing limited assistance - provided to victims of fire or other natural disasters once they have exhausted all other resources.