Healthy Nevada

Social Services

Community Outreach was started in 1984 in the basement of a local church. Initially, the focus was to feed the hungry. Quickly, the volunteers became aware of the wide range of human/social needs not only in Nevada, but also throughout the county. The range of those needs was from survival needs through educational and self-sufficiency needs to employment and employability. To help eliminate feelings of alienation, isolation, low self-esteem and despair. These early findings still lead us in our planning of programs today.

Community Outreach was organized for the purpose of meeting the needs of economically disenfranchised, homeless families, and/or elderly persons of Vernon County, Missouri.

Outreach Programs
Emergency Food Distribution:
Food assistance provided to area individuals who, due to financial hardship find themselves with no means of providing food for their family. Determined case-by-case. 

USDA Commodities:
Community Outreach is the commodity distribution point for Vernon County. Approximately 400 citizens come to this agency monthly to receive free USDA food. Income guidelines are provided by the state of Missouri to indicate eligibilty. 

Back to School Fair:
In the fall, Community Outreach, West Central, area churches and businesses donate money or school supplies. Approximately 340 Vernon County students are supplied with a book bag filled with much needed supplies to get them started. 

Back Packs of Love:
For some children, school breakfasts and lunches are their primary source of food. Backpacks of Love reaches out to children living in extreme poverty or neglect and provides a bag of food on the weekend to ensure each child is fed. 

Food Baskets:
Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets distribution is coordinated by Community Outreach. This program is a cooperative effort between our agency, The Salvation Army, Nevada High School, Vernon County Ambulance, numerous churches and individuals. 

Mobile Food Pantry:
The Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry coordinates with Community Outreach to bring food and supplies directly to families in need in Vernon County. 

Family Assistance:
Personal information to help families and individuals make better choices with budgeting, grocery shopping and employment.

Community Outreach 
229 N. Cedar
Nevada, MO 64772
(417) 667-4339