The benevolence program exists as a relief to struggling families. BMCDC offers limited financial assistence for past-due utilities, certain prescription medications, transportation issues, lodging, stranded motorist, and other emergency situations on a case-by-case basis. Individuals may call with requests and must come in to fill out an assistance application before receiving help.
BMC participates in special programs throughout the year as needs arise in our community. Two in particular allow us to partner with county agencies to provide school supplies and Christmas gifts to Bland County children who might otherwise not receive those things that they need to excel in school or feel loved during the holidays.
We also partner with local businesses, individuals, and churches to pack special food boxes in December. These boxes supply nearly 800 families with everything they need to make a traditionanl holiday meal, right down to the sweet potato casserole!
Special news releases or letters go out to inform families or individuals if they qualify for these services.
Our food ministry is an emergency assistance food distribution, manned by volunteers. The Center works with social agencies to verify needs of each client. The Pantry consists of items donated from churches, organizations, and agencies throughout the southeastern United States.
The Food Pantry is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless Bland County Schools are closed due to weather. Any interested client may come to the Main Office and provide information to pick up a food box. Additional guidelines will be discussed during your first visit.
In order to receive a food box, a member of the family must provide the following information:
1) Photo ID
2) Proof of Residency (Utility Bill)
3) Proof of Income (SS Letter, EBT card, Pay stub, or Bank Statement)