Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to receive a monthly food box?
Our clients are singles, families, seniors over 60 and those with special needs and circumstances. Our interview process is now done over the phone. To determine how best to assist you, we also use the countywide database that connects many assistance agencies together.
BEFORE YOU CALL US at 828-692-8300 we ask that you have:
1 ) a written referral from either a church, another organization (like Interfaith Ministry-IAM, DSS, Salvation Army, etc);
2 ) a driver's license;
3) food stamp card;
4) proof of address
5) ALL ADULT HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS-SAME INFO AS ABOVE;
6) proof of Disability(if applicable);
7) proof for anyone listed who is disabled.
HOURS: Wed&Thurs 9-2pm and Fri 9-Noon
How long can someone receive food?
We review the needs of our clients each year. New clients, except seniors, are required to take our budgeting class within six months. Seniors do not have to attend because their finances are less likely to change at this point in life, i.e. no raises or increased benefits. All local agencies are welcome to send people to our budgeting class.
What if I can't get to the Storehouse?
We deliver both food boxes to seniors the 1st Friday of each month. Please call 828-692-8300 to get on our delivery schedule.
Can a senior receive free food?
If you are 60+ and are in need of food, personal hygiene items or non-food essentials, please call us at 828-692-8300.
Do you need Volunteers?
ALWAYS! We need help packing boxes, organizing the food pantry, greeting clients, answering the phone, helping in the Cold Weather Closet, ETC.
We ALWAYS need a food drive!
Please call 828-692-8300
How was the Storehouse started?
In 2000, Lynn Hart Staggs wanted to ensure that seniors could have a reliable food source available to them. "The idea first took form in a parking lot---- then a location on 7th Avenue and in August 2015, we moved to our present location at 1049 Spartanburg Highway. We now serve seniors and families and anyone who is in need," Lynn explains. "We now have two part-time employees and 50+ volunteers."
What kind of special events and fundraising do you do?
Throughout the year we usually have special Get-togethers that are fun and fundraising for our food pantry. We announce them here on our website and on our Facebook page: The Storehouse of Henderson County.
Each year we have an evening of great food and fun, Poetry for the Pantry. Our largest yearly endeavor is Blessings in Boxes during the Christmas season (see Blessings in Boxes section) A special event you can do on your own is a food drive with your class, church, neighborhood or club. Truly a great team builder and something we ALWAYS need is more non-perishable food for the pantry. When we have the refrigerated space, we love fresh foods as well! (see our food list on this site)
What is Blessings in Boxes?
Since 2000 we have partnered with the local elementary schools in Henderson County to identify families that need assistance at Christmas. Previously in September, we visited each elementary school and interviewed the parents. In 2020 the local churches opened their doors for the interviews.
We collect very specific gift ideas for each child in the family: clothes sizes, favorite colors, specific toys, etc. After that info is compiled we ask the community to help us by adopting a child or family to bless at Christmas.
In 2019, your generosity shared the love and joy of Christmas with 2087 local children (736 Henderson County families)! Although a bit more challenging in 2020, over 1500 children were blessed this Christmas ! Truly a community partnership...thank you!