The Livingston Food Resource Center is introducing a new support service for Food Pantry clients. Beginning July 28th, the LFRC will provide one-on-one, couples, and family counseling to Livingston Food Resource Center and Food Pantry clients and staff. Counseling sessions will be offered in one-hour segments and conducted in a private office at the LFRC. The sessions will be free to LFRC Food Pantry clients.
LFRC Executive Director Michael McCormick introduced the new program, “Hunger is not an isolated issue in low-income households, it is just one of the many debilitating challenges faced by people living in poverty. Most Food Pantry clients dealing with food insufficiency are also dealing with other serious issues, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis.”
Research has shown that many people who depend on the Food Pantry do not know how or where to seek help in addressing these challenges. Providing access to this help through the LFRC will connect more people with the help they need.
All Food Pantry clients and LFRC staff will be eligible for counseling regardless of their ability to pay. If clients have health insurance that covers counseling, billing for therapy sessions will be managed by the LFRC Community Counselor.
The service will be promoted to all LFRC Food Pantry clients when they visit the Center to pick up food. It will also be promoted to those clients for whom the LFRC delivers food, such as the Pantry Supper Club participants.
The objective for counseling is to provide clients the support, resources, and relationship building tools that are important to the overall well-being of the individual. The LFRC Community Counselor will work with all individuals and families that express a need for therapeutic support, and will also assist Food Pantry clients with SNAP applications and other support services.
McCormick added, “This new program will enable the LFRC to address more of the issues that keep people in poverty; we provide nutritious food for people’s bodies, now this will help nourish people’s minds.”
The LRFC is participating in the Park County Community Foundation’s GIve-A-Hoot Giving Challenge, and donations made through August 6th are eligible for a partial matching grant. For more information on that program, please go to www.give-a-hoot.org/lfrc.
For additional information or to make an appointment call the Livingston Food Resource Center at 406)222-5335.