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Hickory assistance programs.

Help with utility bills, food assistance, and health care aid.

You can get aid in Hickory from the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry. The Executive Director has said that the ministry, which helps people of all faith and background, has assisted more than 10,000 people over just the last year. Dial (828) 327-0979.

And most of the clients seeking help have homes, but they can’t pay for everyday bills like utility bill payments, health care expenses, and everyday food.

The Hickory North Carolina ministry offers three types of food assistance to local residents. If someone comes in and needs help, and if they are in need of something to eat right then, they will immediately provide a meal for them to eat.

In addition, families or individuals qualify for food assistance through the county assistance programs, those people will automatically qualify for the ministry’s emergency food program. This allows them to use the organization’s pantry. It also provides access to TEFAP, which is a separate food program offered through Second Harvest of Metrolina.

The second leading agency to call for assistance in the Hickory NC area is the Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Inc. The main office is in Newton, but programs cover the Hickory region too. Dial (828) 465-1702. At any one time, about 75 volunteers, and some full time staff, are focused to helping the less fortunate among us. They accomplish this goal in a variety of ways. The primary method is the Emergency Crisis Program, which provides financial assistance with helping people make mortgage and rent payments, utility and summer cooling bills, fuel oil & kerosene purchases. Some of the other type of assistance include life-necessary pharmaceuticals, free food, and gently used clothing. Payments are made directly to vendors; cash is never given to any applicant or applying individual.

Hickory is served by Catawba County Social Services. Call (828) 695-5600. This government agency can do a few things for the needy and those experiencing poverty in the community. Among them include arranging help for paying energy bills from LIHEAP, coordinating food assistance from food banks in North Carolina, and coordinating health and medical care from both government programs and local free community clinics.





By Jon McNamara

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