Our Emergency Assistance Program responds to individuals and families at risk of not meeting their own basic needs of food, clothing, and/or shelter.
Our Food Pantry supplies households with basic supplies to feed individuals and families. We primarily serve households within the Eaton Community School district, but will serve any Preble County family when their respective community food pantry is closed.
Food Pantry – Hours of Operation:
Monday 2:00 - 4:00
Wednesday 2:00 - 4:00
Friday 2:00 - 4:00
*Serving families through a drive thru service in the alley on the side of the building.
*If you can not make it during the posted hours, please call to make other arrangements 937-456-6560.
Our Clothing Giveaway program provides clothing to individuals who have no other way to meet their needs. We respect our customers and allow them to “shop” and select clothing that best meets their preferences and needs from the Once Around Shop. Clothing assistance is provided by appointment only. Contact us to set up an appointment.
Our Financial Assistance program assists individuals and families facing an emergency that threatens their stability. Funds can be used to prevent eviction and/or utility disconnections but is not limited to these. Contact us for more information on how we can help.
Back to School
The Back to School Program prepares students for school by providing complete grade-specific supplies, backpacks and new athletic shoes for those attending Eaton Community Schools. Registration for the program begins in June and supplies are distributed in August.
The Case Coordination program remove barriers and helps clients navigate through a variety of resources, increasing the opportunity for sustainability and independence. We meet with each household requesting service to assess their needs and make additional referrals to when necessary. Household budgeting services are also available through the program. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
A family came to the Once Around Shop requesting Financial Assistance to prevent their Vectren from being disconnected. The husband was working two jobs, but was laid off from one and then offered a promotion at the other. Due to the gap at the end of the one job and the beginning of the pay for the promotion, this family was behind on numerous bills and had resorted to using several Check Advances to stay ahead.
In review of the family’s bills and income, staff decided that in order to get this family back on the right track, Financial Assistance funds were used to pay the current month’s rent (the higher of the two bills) and food was given two times that month so that they could use their grocery money to prevent the Vectren from being disconnected. Staff worked with the family to establish a budget to get their bills paid and to get out from under the Check Advance debt. For several months, they would come to the Food Pantry so they could meet their family’s food needs and use their grocery money towards paying off the cash advance loans.
Several months passed and the family stopped coming to the Food Pantry for assistance but came in to the Once Around Shop to shop as they realized they could buy quality clothing and household items for a great price which continued to help their budget.