Food and Emergency Services have been at the core of Wilkinson Center services since our genesis at Munger Place United Methodist Church. Responding to the growth and population shifts of East Dallas, we moved our main service location in 2009 to Towne Market Center. Though we still refer to this site as the “food pantry,” it serves as our main intake point and distribution center for the majority of our client services.
Wilkinson Center Food Assistance Program provides one week’s supply of food, one time each month for qualified families. This translates into more than 40,000 pounds of emergency food to hungry Dallas families every month. We serve individuals of all ages; approximately one-third of them are children.
Our “client-choice” shopping model allows clients to choose food according to their needs and preferences, eliminating waste and increasing self-esteem. Our shelves and coolers are arranged like a grocery store and clients normally have several choices from each of the food categories outlined by the USDA including fresh fruits and vegetables as the area served by Wilkinson Center has few large grocery stores with those items readily available.
For most clients, this is the first point of contact with Wilkinson Center. The Emergency Services Program offers several full time case managers who provide financial coaching, counsel and build a plan of action with every client served. The case managers also conduct follow up appointments and track client progress. In addition to food assistance, Wilkinson Center has limited funds available for emergency needs such as housing and utility situations for those clients enrolled in additional Wilkinson Center services. Our case managers are trained to make referrals to partner agencies and utilize all of the tools available so that families can begin to use our independence-enhancing adult education and children’s services programs.
Food Pantry Donations
Food and Emergency Services have been at the core of Wilkinson Center services since our genesis at Munger Place United Methodist Church. Support our efforts by donating food and personal hygiene items to our food pantry.
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Food Pantry Service hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9:00 a.m. – noon; and Tuesday from – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- To be eligible for food assistance, new client must:
- Live in one of these zip codes: 75204, 75206, 75214, 75217, 75223, 75226, 75227, 75228, and 75246
- Provide proof of address (a current lease OR a current utility bill)
- Provide photo ID for all adults 18 years of age and up on the lease
- Provide birth certificates for all children under 18 years of age
Appointments for Financial Assistance are scheduled by calling 972-284-0377. Clients that receive financial assistance must participate in financial coaching services.