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Randall County assistance programs.

Get assistance with everyday bills

One of the first places you should turn to for help is the Randall County / Canyon Salvation Army. This non-profit provides assistance with many bills and expenses to both families and individuals who may be in need of free food, rent help, clothing, medicine, temporary housing, and school supplies. In addition to the financial assistance and cash grants they provide, the Salvation Army also provides guidance to those individuals who may be searching for a job, or additional employment opportunities. They also maintain a disaster relief aid program, a youth and senior center, as well as offer corporate programs. Thousands of people receive help every year. 373-6631. Click here more details.

Another place to turn to is the local community action agency, Panhandle Community Services. Phone number (806) 372-2531. They offer dozens of different types of assistance programs, and can also be a great resource to use to learn about other options and resources that you can take advantage of. A sampling of what they offer is below.

  • Emergency help from the Family and Community Services Program - This is a resource that can assist individuals and families by providing emergency cash assistance such as partial payment of a utility bill, rent, housing expenses or prescriptions; the program can provide free food from community pantries and charities; and it can even help with income tax returns; and car seat rentals.
  • Health care - They coordinate health, dental, and medical care for people who can’t afford to pay their hospital or medical bills, or who lack insurance. The health care provided is based on a sliding scale. So sometimes it is free, sometimes a very low price may be charged.
  • Prescription assistance - This program provides cash assistance or maybe free prescription drugs to those individuals who are unable to afford their medical and dental prescriptions on their own.
  • Free food - A program known as Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides a free box of food and groceries to senior citizens and others who are qualified for aid.
  • Weatherization assistance - This program provides ways for people to save money on utility bills by offering energy conservation services to households in a cost-effective way. This will allow residents to have a more efficient and comfortable home.





The non-profit Community Services agency provides additional social services and resources to low income families. More details on Panhandle Community Services programs.

Free food in Randall County - This is one of the most common requests. Low income and struggling families in Randall and across the county can turn to a food pantry or church. Some of the locations will even offer financial aid, or other goods such as school supplies or free Christmas meals. Click here.

Freedom Fellowship is based at 55 Hunsley Rd. They provide free food, clothing, and counseling. Both canned and dried goods may be offered from the church. The charity is in Canyon, TX 79015, and dial 655-4581.

The regional Food Stamps, Medicaid and TANF services office is at 404 21ST St. Canyon, Texas 79015. Appointments are needed. Apply for grants from TANF Welfare tp pay for basic needs or living expenses. Medicaid can offer help with medical or dental needs, and SNAP feeds families living in poverty. Call 655-3071.

Find housing and rent assistance programs. A few churches and non-profits in Randall County offer help. Whether it is emergency funds for rent, legal aid to resolve a dispute, or security deposit help, grants are offered. Read rent help in Randall County.

Programs for senior citizens

There are a few different services and resources they can use, including Area Agency on Aging (331-2227) as well as the Inter Faith Hunger Project (376-4571).




The main goal of the Area Agency on Aging is to offer programs and resources to seniors, thereby improving their lives. The Area Agency provides the planning, coordination and implementation of many services and programs for seniors. By doing this they help them remain independent and living in their own homes. They are also a great resource to learn about both Randall County and Texas government assistance programs, and even how to get help from the federal government.

The Inter Faith Hunger Project, which is run by Catholic Family Service, distributed meals and other items to hundreds of people per month The Inter Faith Hunger Project provides and distributes free food and other personal hygiene items to the in the area.


By Jon McNamara

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