Family Service Society (FSS) provides assistance to residents who live in Paducah/McCracken County They assist with basic needs such as food, clothing, medications, emergency dental care, families who can’t afford their utility bills and those who need basic household goods.
The rise in food requests has hit their pantry and the budget particularly hard this winter. Food requests are up by 35%!
“Of that 35%, 20% are new cases in McCracken County,” FSS Director of Business Development Amy Nolan told me. “Since all of the agencies use Charity Tracker, we can see who has been where and why.”
“We have been serving the City of Paducah for 91 years,” said Nolan. “That makes us the second oldest non-profit organization in Paducah. We offer medical, dental and vision assistance, prescription medication assistance, utility bill assistance, we have a fully stocked food pantry, free clothes by appointment on a specific week day, financial education classes and a variety of other services to those who are in need of them most.”
Family Service Society takes physical donations of clothing, food and personal toiletry items and you can help by supporting them financially. They accept monetary donations through cash, check, credit and debit card. You can also make a donation in honor or in memory of someone you love. FSS can always use volunteers at the center to help with clothing, canned food, and daily activities.
They need extra volunteers during the holiday season. FSS provides Christmas Assistance Baskets to approximately 200 individuals and families. These baskets must be filled, wrapped, and distributed.
Non-perishable items are always accepted into the food pantry and clothing can be dropped off conveniently. You can also donate personal products such as: shampoo, conditioner, men’s and women’s razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, soap, lotion, and deodorant. These items are always needed in the personal pantry for clients to receive.
How you can help
Family Service Society is 100% locally funded by the community and, as they are a United Way Partner agency, they do not receive any funding from local, state, or federal government sources. Even the smallest donations can make a big difference. $25 can provide food for a family of three for a whole month. $50 can help an elderly woman with the life sustaining medication she needs. $100 will help a family keep their utilities from being disconnected.
The food pantry provides a 7-10 day supply of food to households in need. This assistance is available to households up to once a month.
Family Service Society operates a free clothing room. Every Tuesday and Thursday the clothing room is open for clients to “shop.” This assistance is available to households once a month, as they are in need.
FSS provides much needed assistance with the ever rising cost of medications. Up to $500 of assistance can be given to clients in need once every twelve months.
With the help of the Paducah Lions Club, individuals can receive new eye glasses once every two years.
Helping to keep the utility service from being interrupted on hot summer days, or cold winter nights is one of the vital services we provide. Up to $150 of assistance is available to households once every 12 months. A money management course must be taken within 12 months to be able to reapply for assistance.
The dental program provides assistance for those needing emergency dental care such as extractions and fillings. This program also provides dentures to those who are in need. We are able to assist with up to $1500 in a lifetime for dental needs for each client.
Personal hygiene items and household cleaning supplies are also provided to those in need. These items are available to clients up to four times a year.