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CARES Partners with Must Ministries to Provide Summer Lunches to Kids

  While summer often means sleeping in or planning your next getaway, many of our neighbors are wondering how their children will have lunch each day. During school, a free lunch meal doesn't come out of the sparse family budget. 


That's when MUST Ministries – in partnership with CARES - steps in with the Summer Lunch Program and brings the community together to help those in need. With the help of compassionate volunteers, we will provide a nutritious lunch each summer weekday to children in Pickens County. 


In years past, volunteers would pack the lunches and drive them to communities around the county. In response to the COVID 19 outbreak, MUST has determined that this process would be ill-advised and has devised a new way to get lunches into the hands of kids. In this new model, MUST will be providing all of the food and CARES will become the hub for volunteer mobilization and food distribution.


Beginning on Monday, June 1st and each Monday thereafter throughout the summer, a truck full of pre-packed lunches will arrive at CARES. Families in need will come to CARES from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm and receive one box for each child. Each box will contain five lunches, one for each weekday.

There is NO NEED to register if your child needs food. Simply show up at CARES between 11:00 am and 1 pm each Monday to receive your box. 


If you want to be a part of the food distribution team, we are looking for happy, loving and fun volunteers who want to make a difference. Simply contact CARES at 706-253-4777, cares@etcmail.com or through this web site and be a part of our quest to “Share Love and Life’s Essentials!”


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CARES and the coronavirus: a letter from the director

Dear CARES Family,


I pray that this finds all of you well.  I am so grateful for our partnership in ministering to the needs of the beautiful people of Pickens County.  Regardless of the challenge presented by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, our efforts to “Share Love and Life’s Essentials” will go on.


Falling in line with the recommendation of experts in the field of epidemiology, we will do our part in keeping people at a safe distance from one another.  After conferring with our Board of Directors, these are our recommendations to be initiated starting on Monday, March 16 and to continue until the situation at hand runs its course:


*We will provide boxes of non-perishables for our families for curbside pick up at CARES.


*We will temporarily minimize the use of volunteers on campus. Paid staff will be primarily responsible for assembling the boxes.  Boxes will be uniformly filled and assembled based on size of the family.


*Our families can make these curbside pick-ups once per week at any time Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9:00 am until 12:00.  Recipients will be asked to remain in their vehicles and present their CARES ID.


*The pickup will be recorded and front lobby/administrative volunteers will do the necessary paper work after the fact at a time convenient for them.


*Face-to-face counseling and financial assistance counseling be suspended until further notice. We will conduct these services as needed by phone, if possible.


*Presently we are suspending the pick-up of perishable foods from stores until further notice. We are examining this issue, however, and may continue picking up from the Jasper stores.


I am sure this process will evolve as we go. We will do our best to work together in the execution of these initiatives and evaluate as we go.


We trust that our great God will provide for every need as we continue "Sharing Love and Life's Essentials."


With much love,

Chris


Chris Rumble

Executive Director

CARES for Pickens County

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providing counseling, food and financial assistance

 Our mission is to provide food and essential non-food items, temporary financial assistance, resource counseling and educational assistance to those in need residing in Pickens County, Georgia.  Anyone who is placed in a difficult situation due to illness, accident or any misfortune that causes them to be in a temporary or emergency need of food is welcome to be a recipient.  It is our devout hope that those who receive these goods and services will be strengthened in body and spirit.  

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We're here to help.

emergency assistance days

FOOD DISTRIBUTION:

Mon    9am-12pm

Wed    9am-12pm

Fri       9am-12pm



FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays each month

9am-12pm

First 10 clients will be served.

Please come with documentation of your circumstances.

Clients can only be served once every 12 months.

For more info, call 706-253-

About Us

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Our hISTORY

Our hISTORY

Our hISTORY

 CARES was born in the hearts of loving and courageous people at Holy Family Episcopal Church (Jasper, GA) in 1997.  From that handful of servants has emerged a family of nearly 100 volunteers providing friendship and food to just under 200 families each and every week. 

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Our MISSION

Our hISTORY

Our hISTORY

  Our mission is to provide food and essential non-food items, temporary financial assistance, resource counseling and educational assistance to those in need who are residing in Pickens County, Georgia.  Anyone in a difficult situation due to illness, accident, layoff or any misfortune that causes them to be in a temporary or emergency need of the basics -food and emergency assistance with housing - is welcome to be a recipient.  It is our devout hope that those who receive these goods and services will be strengthened in body and spirit. We are more than a food pantry. We want you to know you are loved!

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Our HISTORY

Our hISTORY

Our HISTORY

 Our amazing family of volunteers and part-time staffers are committed to helping others reach that "next place" in their life journey. We take our convictions and turn them into action and find a lot of joy and fun along the way!  Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch for more information! 

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WHO WE ARE

CARES. iNC.

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE RESOURCES 

AND EMERGENCY SERVICES OF PICKENS COUNTY, INC.

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