Located within Disciples Christian Church, the Heights Emergency Food Center (HEFC) was opened in October of 1981 with the aid of the Heights Interfaith Council. We began by serving nine families that month and now provide more than 575 families with a three day supply of food once each month.
Heights Emergency Food Center is a non-profit corporation, staffed by volunteers to provide for people in emergency situations. Committed to Judeo-Christian principles, the center respects social and cultural diversity and upholds the worth and dignity of those it serves.
WHO WE SERVE
HEFC currently serves residents of Cleveland Heights, University Heights, South Euclid, and Lyndhurst.
The income guidelines, as set by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, are followed by HEFC. Those who find themselves in emergency situations and are referred by a doctor, clergy or social worker are also served. All clients with proper documentation are served equally. The amount of food is determined by the size of household and availability of supply. The “household unit” is anyone living at the same address, apartment, house, or having some documented aid number such as MEDAID, EBT Card, or Department of Human Services documentation. The HEFC workers determine eligibility and have final option to determine to service clients.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
YOU WILL NOT BE SERVED WITHOUT THIS INFORMATION AT EACH VISIT ALL ADULTS (19 YEARS AND UP) MUST SHOW CURRENT DOCUMENTED ADDRESS ID AND PICTURE ID AT EACH VISIT. A drivers’ license is acceptable for picture ID only – not for current address. Current address ID can be a utility bill or current mail.
ALL ADULTS (19 YEARS AND UP) MUST SHOW CURRENT INCOME AT EACH VISIT, SUCH AS- MEDAID Printout- Ohio Directions (EBT) Card- Department of Human Services letter or ID- SS, SSI, Pension, Disability, VA, Workers Comp. letter- Unemployment book- Copy of paycheck or statement from employers showing phone number- Letter of reference from doctor or minister on official letterhead showing phone number
ALL CHILDREN LIVING IN HOUSEHOLD MUST HAVE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING- SS card- Medical Card- Birth certificate- School records- Foster parent letter- Child support letter
WHERE YOU CAN FIND US
The Heights Emergency Food Center is located within Disciples Christian Church at 3663 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights. The entrance is visible from Yellowstone Road. Parking is available immediately behind the church building (which is across Mayfield Road from Severance Town Center and across Yellowstone Road from Lutheran East High School).
WHEN WE ARE OPEN
- Mondays 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.- Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.- Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Fridays 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
- We are also open the last two Thursdays of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for a Community Meal!
OUR OPERATION AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
We provide a valuable and needed service to the communities we serve. The HEFC. is run by a volunteer Board of Trustees and a dedicated staff of volunteers. The time they give to the Food Center each month is greatly appreciated.
Below is a list of food supplies most needed at the HEFC.
Hot or cold cereal, Cornbread/muffin/cake mixes, Rice, Dried beans, Soup, Spaghetti sauce, Noodles or pasta, Pork and beans, Potatoes (dried/canned), Peanut Butter, Jelly, Canned vegetables, Canned fruits or juices, Tuna fish, Macaroni and cheese, Milk (powdered/canned), Crackers, Tomato sauce, Sugar, Paper products, Soap and cleaning supplies, Diapers/toiletries.
OUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Financial contributions and donations of food are the main sources of support for the HEFC. They are always needed and gratefully received. Our financial support, from the communities we serve, comes from religious institutions; service and social organizations; public, parochial and private schools; federal grants and supermarket settlements; and individuals. We use the resources of the Northeast Ohio Food Bank, a purchasing agent for non-profit agencies. This enables the purchase of three dollars worth of food for each dollar donated. 100% of donations to HEFC is spent on food. Community Development Block Grant funds from the City of Cleveland Heights currently cover our overhead expenses and Disciples Christian Church generously provides our home.