Lee County Mississippi assistance programs.

If you need help in Tupelo or Lee County Mississippi, find information on agencies, charities, and churches to contact below. There is a combination of financial assistance as well as free items, such as food, prescription drugs, school supplies or clothing. DHS in Tupelo also provide cash grants, SNAP food stamps, and government assistance in Lee County.

Find churches and charities that may offer emergency help with paying rent, money for paying energy or utility bills, free dental care, or items such as free used cars for employment. The goal of these various agencies is to help the low income, unemployed and vulnerable in the community.

Multiple assistance programs

One of the leading non-profit agencies to contact is LIFT, Inc. They are the local community action agency, and they run a wide variety of assistance programs. Both short term and long term aid is offered. Find information on their services below.

  • Tax preparation - They partner with the United Way and offer a program known as the VITA/TCE tax preparation program. The goal of this offering is to provide free basic tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers in the region.
  • Weatherization - This federal government funded program specifically focuses on assisting elderly, low-income, and disabled citizens of Lee County Mississippi. The assistance Program will reduce energy costs and bills for low-income citizens by improving the efficiency of their homes and helping them conserve energy.
  • Debt and financial management - Case managers from LIFT help clients manage money as part of financial stability. Everything from paying down debt, avoiding predatory lenders, and other free counseling is available. Even learn about free credit counseling non-profit agencies.





  • Employment - Lee County families can enroll into job training classes. ESL workshops, computer training, and other career enhancing skills are arranged.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - This is a federal government funded program that provides low income individuals funds for paying their bills. Both money to pay the bill on a regular basis, as well as crisis grants to pay an utility bill to prevent a disconnection.

Contact the Tupelo based LIFT, Inc. at (662) 842-9511.

Free health care clinics in Lee Mississippi

Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic - This facility serves Lee County resident, all the way from birth-age up to age 65. The clinic will help those people who need primary health care. Exams, immunizations, cancer screenings, flu shots, physicals and other free care may be offered in Lee County.

Most people may be eligible, as they can assist those who are employed or temporarily unemployed. Of course one of the criteria is that they will assist those local individuals who do not have or cannot afford health insurance or do not receive VA or disability benefits from the government. Dial 662-844-3733.

CATCH Kids - Kids up to 18 years old may be able to receive medical care. The facility makes comprehensive, high quality health care available and accessible to children who range from ages of birth to 18 years old and who have barriers getting needed health care. Dial 662-377-2194.





Rent, utility bills, and medical assistance

The Lee County Salvation Army - This organization provides the so called necessities of life to qualified individuals, including food, clothing, shelter, rent help, utility and cooling bill assistance. The faith based charity may also give out free furniture, money to pay for transportation expenses, medical bill help and other emergency needs.

A number of other social services and programs are available based on donation levels, even including clothing, back to school supplies or uniforms and Christmas assistance. A noontime meal is also provided. Call the Salvation Army at 662-842-0301, or read more on assistance from Lee County Salvation Army.

Lee County Human Services Department is the place for short term, government aid. DHS in Tupelo offers state and federal government benefits. The list is extensive. It can be free health insurance from Medicaid, food stamps, cash aid, welfare, section 8 housing, and others. Long term assistance is mandatory too, such as workforce programs, in order to get government aid. DHS is at 220 S Industrial Rd, Tupelo, MS 38801. Call (662) 841-9050.

Help for bills, if you meet certain criteria

If you have cancer, NMMC- Cancer Patient Fund, is a non-profit organization that provides help. They offer medications, transportation assistance and nutritional supplements to cancer patients who need help and assistance with their bills and living expenses, and advice on loan programs. Dial 662-377-4049. Find additional cancer financial assistance programs.

NMMC- Social Work Fund is an option that provides assistance to NMMC patients and their families whose needs, whether financially or other, cannot be met by community resources or other patient care funds. These needs that people have may include prescription medication, clothing, debt counseling and budget advice, and/or medical supplies for those who are uninsured.

Counselors can also guide people on one of the big financial issues for Mississippi residents, which are payday loans. Learn more on payday loan consolidation programs. Phone 662-377-3158.

Senior citizens can contact The Sunday Fund, Mississippi Methodist Senior Services. The center provides the elderly assistance with paying their rent, free meals and overall general care to the residents of Traceway Retirement Community whose expenses are greater than their income they receive in retirement. Call 662-844-8977.

Emergency food resources

F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry (Food Available In This House) (phone 662-963-2608). This is a center that both secures and distributes a regular source of groceries and foodstuffs to needy residents in Lee and Tupelo Mississippi. The center will put an emphasis on those families with children, families in crisis, & the elderly in the area. All free food distributed meets the USDA guidelines. They also partner with and have information on additional food banks in Mississippi.





St. Luke United Methodist Food Pantry - This church targets the elderly and families with children in the community. They provides Lee County residents, who meet the qualifications of the program, with free food baskets. The distribution center is open every Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm. 662-842-6522

If the two locations above can’t help, then are many other food pantries, soup kitchens and assistance programs in Lee County Mississippi. Whether a family needs a free meal, box of groceries, or applications to food stamps, help is available. There may also be clothes, household cleaning supplies, Christmas meal programs and more. Continue with Lee County free food pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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