Crosslines serves an average of 220 families each month through the Emergency Food Pantry. The pantry is a Client Choice Pantry set up like a grocery store in which clients are empowered to choose the foods to best fit their family's needs. The Pantry provides a wide variety of foods in order to help fulfill client nutritional needs and keep families strong. The pantry is stocked with items purchased from Ozark's Food Harvest, donated items, and produce from the Crosslines garden and greenhouse. It is an empowering service for families in crisis.
Crosslines Ministries is the only distributor of TEFAP (Government Food Commodities) in the western side of Jasper County, serving about 750 families every month. Clients can make a monthly appointment to receive the Commodities on Wednesdays or the First Monday of the month. Crosslines supplements the Commodities with fresh produce and baked goods when available for clients who keep their appointment time and bring required information, giving clients a variety of nutritious meals.
Crosslines has a 1,850 square foot shopping area with clothing and small household items for babies, girls, boys, men, and women. Crosslines has items from pajamas to formal wear, shoes to hats, swim suits to coats, and books to kitchen items. All clothing and household items are received by donation. The Clothing Bank is a necessary resource for families in crisis.
Hygiene Kits are given to men, women and families who are experiencing a crisis need for the items. They kits are assembled by volunteers at First United Methodist Church of Joplin. The kits typically include: shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, razors, tissues, deodorant or other miscellaneous items. Feminine hygiene kits also include necessary feminine supplies. Additionally, head lice kits are available to families in need of treatment and require a school referral.
Crosslines administrates the Rental and Utility Assistance Program for the Regional Health and Welfare Association. Established in the 1920s, the Regional Health and Welfare Association is a United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas agency. The assistance allows Crosslines to fill the need for a community safety-net to families or individuals in crisis. Clients must call 417-782-8384 to pre-qualify for the assistance.
Serving mothers and children is an important part of helping support the health and welfare of our community. Crosslines has the following Mother and Baby resources: baby food, formula, diapers, Pull-Ups, wipes, and layettes. Diapers, Pull-Ups and wipes are available upon qualification through conversation with a caseworker. Layettes are a “baby shower in a bundle” as said by the volunteers who include a handmade quilt, diapers, wipes, infant clothes, toys, baby blankets and much more! Pregnant women and new mothers whose households qualify for shopping at Crosslines under the Federal Poverty Monthly income Guidelines qualify for a layette. If you qualify, layettes are availiable during the last month of your pregnancy or during the first 6 weeks after birth. If after birth, please bring the birth certificate or bassinet certificate from the hospital.