Open to any resident of the Van School District who meets the annual income guidelines for 130% of poverty and who can produce proof of residence. Produce is available to any resident regardless of income. Food distribution days are the first and third Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Financial Assistance is available to any resident of the Van ISD. Those requesting assistance must show not only a need but how they plan to meet their obligations in the future. Help with rent is limited to the last $100 and only available once in 12 months. Utility assistance is limited $50 once in 12 months. Phone bills are paid only in health-related cases. Prescription assistance is limited to non-narcotics of $50 or less once in a 12 month. The prescription must be filled at Brookshire’s in Van. Gasoline is provided for medical and work-related cases only and is limited to $20 once in 12 months. Financial assistance is limited to three times for each: rent, utilities, prescriptions, and gasoline.
Back Pack Program
In conjunction with the Van ISD we provide non-perishable food bags to eligible school students weekly. Funding for this program is through donations made specifically for the Back-Pack Program. The cost for this program is $163 per child per school year. Donations should be marked “Back-Pack Program” and sent to Van Community Ministries PO Box 201 Van, TX 75790.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
After the tornado 2015 restoration was finished a group of volunteers noticed that there were other projects where help was needed. As a result, they formed the group known as “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”. They approached Van Community Ministries and asked to be part of the ministry. The Board approved the request in November, 2016.
The goal of Van Neighbors Helping Neighbors is to organize volunteers to help citizens of Van that are unable to maintain their property because of physical or financial reasons. They started this organization in the spring of 2016 by helping an elderly lady demolish her late husband’s shop. From there they have helped a family whose husband’s hours at work had been cut in half, their home needed repairs and property cleaned up. During the middle of this project the husband passed away, so they halted the work on this property with plans to pick it back up in the coming weeks. They moved on to a sweet little elderly couple that had tornado damage to their property and didn’t have any family to help. They cleared a small barn on their property and took down the fence that was damaged. They leveled the property so that he would be able to walk around in his yard and mow it himself. They have since helped him with his gas and water lines.
They worked with 150 Sky Ranch college campers in the fall by picking up the trash and debris around town. This spring they will be working with Youth With a Mission to help several homeowners within the city of Van that are unable to work in their yards.
They have an advisory committee who meet monthly at the Van Movie house and the public is invited to attend. Since they work under the Van Community Ministries nonprofit status, tax- deductible donations can be made on their behalf.
Their desire is for the community to work together-Neighbor Helping Neighbor - to beautify Van, one property at a time.
For up to date information like their Facebook page.
Senior Box Program
Beginning in April, 2017, Loaves & Fishes food pantry added the Senior Box Program through East Texas Food Bank. This program is for those age 60 and older who meet income guidelines. The first 80 who sign up get a 35 pound box of food once a month in addition to the regular pantry food. Those who sign up after the first 80 will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted in order if there are boxes not picked up each month. As of July, 2017 these boxes will include government commodity cheese. Those interested in signing up for this program should contact the office at 903-963-1616 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon.
Van Community Ministries
Helping Neighbors in Crisis Since 1996
Donations may be made through PayPal (just by clicking on the "Donation" button at the top of this page),
or by mailing them to PO Box 201 Van, TX 75790
The Mission of Van Community Ministries
is to coordinate the resources of a caring community in order to assist in meeting the basic needs of the low income population of Van ISD.