Catholic Ladies Relief Society assistance programs.

Catholic Ladies Relief Society mission is to serve families and individuals who are facing hunger, homeless or that need new employment skills. They also provide support to senior citizens, children, the disabled, immigrants and those that are less fortunate in Butte County. The intake line is only available in the mornings.

The resources from the charity are used to provide a combination of very short term, immediate emergency financial aid along with ongoing support. This guidance from Relief Society will help their clients achieve fiscal stability and ideally prevent a future crisis.

Of priority is on the vulnerable in Butte County. This means that the assistance is targeted at children as well as the elderly, and it can tackle the ravages of chronic poverty. All help is given in confidence, and clients are treated with respect and affection.

Food and holiday help from Catholic Ladies Relief Society

The Catholic Ladies Relief Society Food Locker (or pantry) helps low to moderate income families and individuals as well as the underemployed living in Chico or Butte County County during times of crisis. There are several services run, but all of them are somehow or another involved in providing nutritious perishable and non-perishable groceries, toiletries such as soap, and household items. Applicants are seen on a first come, first served basis and are required to provide proper identification, proof of income and proof of residency.

When seeking help, trained interviewers assess each applications. Many criteria are used to determine how clients can best be served. Referrals are needed for the Society food locker, and they may come from area churches, social service offices, or congregations. Some of the programs available are noted below.

  • Partnerships - Clients receive a large order of fresh food compliments of groups such as Feeding America or other non-profits, and this assistance is not zip code restricted.
  • Emergency boxes may be passed out by Catholic Ladies Relief Society. A family may get enough groceries for approximately four days, and the items are tailored for the applicant. There may also be laundry detergent, paper products, holiday food baskets, and toiletries.




  • Free, supplemental food includes bread, diary, baby formula, milk and other staples.
  • Senior sacks and meals on wheels provides senior citizens in Butte County with groceries or hot meals for weekend.

Limited emergency assistance

Bus passes or even gasoline vouchers may be issued. The fact is that in many instances newly hired employees often lack the funds for the transportation needed to get to work. The Catholic Ladies Relief Society Employment Support Program helps by providing these clients with public transportation passes for local opportunities in Butte County. This is only done once their new jobs have been verified and applications approved.

Catholic Ladies Relief Society can direct residents to one-time energy-assistance programs. One of the options in the territory are the donation services. These can go by the name of Energy Share or Operation Round Up, and they are funded using either monthly or one time donations. There may be money provided by local non-profits such as the Society for paying utility bills. Or the agency will refer the customer to an application site.

To apply, the customer income must not exceed the income guidelines, which are around 100 to 200%  above the federal poverty guidelines. Also, assistance for utility bills is only offered once per year, unless the applicant is disabled, a senior, or has a child. Also, the applicant needs to prove they have an uncontrollable crisis that stops them from paying their electric bills, they can't live in subsidized housing, and grants are one time only. Note exceptions can be made in almost all instances.

Emergency, one-time prescriptions – Catholic Ladies Relief Society may be able to help, but support provided will not include ongoing prescriptions for a patient and it will not of course include narcotics. A voucher may be given, or the staff can help a person apply for a pharmaceutical discount plan.

A focus of Catholic Ladies Relief Society is to offer antibiotics to help a low income family. Maybe they were prescribed during a hospital and the applicant's health insurance doesn't cover it. Or other critical medications may be offered.




To apply, the agency will need verification of client’s address, ID, original prescription from a doctor, insurance status, income/expense information, and whether they have a job or not. Other support may be requested too.

The office is only open in the morning from Monday to Friday. Location is 1386 Longfellow Ave, Chico, California 95926. Dial (530) 895-8331 to determine whether qualified or if funds are available.


By Jon McNamara

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