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Emergency Food and Shelter Services

Emergencies happen everyday. A sudden change in circumstances can often lead an individual or a family in need of help. SCA strives to pull together all available resources to help persons in crisis. In addition to addressing immediate needs, SCA staff make every effort to help people progress towards self-sufficiency. While crisis elimination is important, even more important is building stronger foundations for families, which reduce or eliminate future emergencies.
Emergency Food and Shelter Services
Emergency Food and Shelter Services

Emergency Shelter Services

Shelter is one of a person's most basic needs, and in certain circumstances, it can literally be a matter of life or death. Schuylkill Community Action administers an emergency shelter program designed to meet the immediate need of shelter as it arises. Depending on the situation and availability of funding, shelter can be provided for between one to five nights at a local boarding facility or motor inn. Other needs and solutions are explored with a case manager, who works with each client to find a permanent housing resolution. When possible, clients are referred to the Bridge Housing Program, a transitional shelter program also administered by Schuylkill Community Action.

Persons in need of shelter should contact SCA at (570)622-1995 or come directly to our Program Office located at 225 North Centre Street in Pottsville.

Emergency Food and Shelter Services

Emergency Food Assistance

Schuylkill Community Action places a priority on providing food to persons in need. The majority of food assistance is made possible through the Schuylkill County Food Distribution Network. When immediate needs cannot be met by a local food pantry, SCA is able to provide food or a grocery voucher in some situations.

Persons in need of food should contact SCA at (570)622-1995 or come directly to our Program Office located at 225 North Centre Street in Pottsville.

Schuylkill County Food Distribution Network

The mission of the Schuylkill County Food Distribution Network is to empower the local communities of Schuylkill County in their efforts to provide food for all area residents that find themselves in need. This mission is accomplished through the coordination of resources, both private and public, that provide food for local distribution. Local volunteers operate 18 food pantries throughout Schuylkill County. Each pantry operates independently, but has also committed to be a part of the Food Distribution Network. Food is provided for the pantries through local contributions and public food programs operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Schuylkill Community Action has been appointed as the "lead agency" by the County Board of Commissioners. SCA staff provide food items acquired through the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to each local pantry. County residents, within certain income guidelines, are eligible to receive food from SFPP & TEFAP once every two months. In some communities, donated food allows for food to be available during the "off months" for those in need of ongoing assistance, or in the event of an emergency. SCA will also directly assist any county resident facing a food emergency.

  • Total Household Income (based on 150% of Poverty)

  • 150% Guidelines - Poverty Level
    Size Annual Monthly Weekly
    1 $17,655 $1,471 $340
    2 $23,895 $1,991 $460
    3 $30,135 $2,511 $580
    4 $36,375 $3,031 $700
    5 $42,615 $3,551 $820
    6 $48,855 $4,071 $940
    7 $55,095 $4,591 $1,060
    8 $61,335 $5,111 $1,180
    For each additional person in house add: $6,240 $520 $120
    Select a link below to find the pantry near you.
    Mahanoy City
    New Philadelphia
    New Ringgold
    Pine Grove
    Port Carbon
    Schuylkill Haven
    Tri Valley
    Williams Valley
    Emergency Food and Shelter Services
    Emergency Food and Shelter Services
    In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint alleging discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call, toll free, (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

    SCA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

    SCA is firmly committed to the provision of assistance regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, military status, sexual orientation, or marital/family status.


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