Jefferson County Community Resource Guide

This resource guide was developed by community residents and elected officials to provide a central location for important community resources. You can filter the guide by “category” or search for an individual resource using the search box on the left.

The guide was developed by local volunteers and a collaboration between Pathfinders RC&D, Jefferson County Supervisors, Jefferson County Mental Health Office, and the Jefferson County Hunger Dialogue.

Resources Found: 27

African Violet Foundation

African Violet Foundation

Food/Clothing/Financial

During the holiday season, this Foundation serves middle school and high school students in the Fairfield, Pekin, and Van Buren Community School Districts. These students are provided with school hoodies and candy at Christmas. The African Violet foundation also holds a 'Caring through Clothing Event' that provides about 700 people with clothing and laundry supplies.

American Homefinding Association

American Homefinding Association

Food/Clothing/Financial

American Home Finding Association is a private, not-for-profit family service agency.  Services include Adoption, WIC, Maternal & Child Health Programs, Emergency Shelter for adolescents, Child Care and the Foster Grandparent Program. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Bargain Box

Bargain Box

Food/Clothing/Financial

Resale shop with discount clothing and household items.

Carry on Bags

Carry on Bags

Food/Clothing/Financial

Provides free food bags for income qualifying students at the Fairfield Community School District and Maharishi School on Fridays and before school breaks.

Come to Supper

Come to Supper

Food/Clothing/Financial

Free meal every Tuesday of each month, no questions asked. 6:00-7:00 PM at First Lutheran Church in Fairfield.

Cornerstone Community Well

Cornerstone Community Well

EducationFood/Clothing/FinancialUtility Assistance

Provides practical assistance and life skills training to Jefferson county residents in financial crisis. Practical assistance includes financial, utility bills, and clothing assistance. Life skills training includes classes and workshops.

DHS, Iowa Department of Human Services

DHS, Iowa Department of Human Services

Family Services & ChildcareFood/Clothing/FinancialHealth Care

Economic Programs: FIP (Family Investment Program), food assistance, medical assistance (Medicaid). Referrals/funding for service programs including: foster care, shelter care, institutional care, adoption, independent living, day care, and child abuse assessments.

Fairfield Cares

Fairfield Cares

Food/Clothing/Financial

A local non-profit that organizes volunteers to help those in need. And when volunteer help is not enough, we will offer information about local sources of professional help.

Fairfield Community Center

Fairfield Community Center

Food/Clothing/Financial

Provides meals on site and some home delivery for those age 60 or older. Suggested guidelines for contributions are posted at the meal centers. Ability to contribute does not determine eligibility. Individuals under age 60 are required to pay the full cost of the meal.

Fairfield Farmer's Market

Fairfield Farmer's Market

Food/Clothing/Financial

Winter Market: first Saturday of November thru the last Saturday of April Fairfield Senior Center, 209 S. Court Street. ​ Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

FAMA (Fairfield Area Ministerial Association)

FAMA (Fairfield Area Ministerial Association)

Food/Clothing/Financial

Administers a 'Transient Fund' which provides emergency assistance for persons traveling through the community.

General Relief

General Relief

Food/Clothing/FinancialUtility Assistance

Assistance with rent, food, utilities, limited medical and burial assistance. Must meet income guidelines and the limits on help during a 12 month period.

Goodwill

Goodwill

Food/Clothing/Financial

Resale shop with discount clothing and household items

Lockridge Senior Center

Lockridge Senior Center

Food/Clothing/Financial

Provides meals on site and some home delivery for those age 60 or older. Suggested guidelines for contributions are posted at the meal centers. Ability to contribute does not determine eligibility. Individuals under age 60 are required to pay the full cost of the meal.

Lord's Cupboard of Jefferson County

Lord's Cupboard of Jefferson County

Food/Clothing/Financial

Jefferson County residents who meet income guidelines can receive bread and milk once a week. Every 3 months, clients may receive a full order of groceries that includes non-perishable foods, bakery and meat items, milk and supplies such as paper products, laundry soap, and shampoo.

Milestones Area Agency on Aging

Milestones Area Agency on Aging

Food/Clothing/FinancialHealth Care

Provides funding for community-based services that enable seniors 60 years and older to remain in their own home and community for as long as possible. Offers support services to family caregivers. Serves Jefferson County residents.

My Lucky Day

My Lucky Day

Food/Clothing/Financial

Resale shop with discount clothing and household items

PAWS of Hope

PAWS of Hope

Food/Clothing/Financial

Distributes food bags for weekends and school breaks for students at Pekin Community School District

Safe Link

Safe Link

Food/Clothing/Financial

Free cell phone for qualified participants

SHARE

SHARE

Food/Clothing/Financial

SHARE Iowa offers food packages up to 50% off the supermarket prices. You can pay by cash, check, EBT or online using Pay Pal. Pick up at Fairfield SHARE located at Eagles Club, 1707 S Main Saturdays at 8:00 AM. Must order in advance. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Sieda Community Action Resource Center

Sieda Community Action Resource Center

Food/Clothing/FinancialHousing AssistanceUtility Assistance

Helps crisis assistance with past-due bills, school supplies, Christmas presents, and some emergency clothing.

SNAP - Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (Jeff Co DHS)

SNAP - Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (Jeff Co DHS)

Food/Clothing/Financial

Nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families in the form of an Electronic Benefits Card (EBT) to purchase food.

VA Home Front

VA Home Front

Food/Clothing/FinancialHelplineHousing AssistanceVeteran Services

Connecting homeless and at-risk veterans with housing solutions, health care, community employment services and other required supports.

WIC (Women, Infants, Children) - Fairfield

WIC (Women, Infants, Children) - Fairfield

Food/Clothing/Financial

Assistance for food and nutrition for babies, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months.

WIC (Women, Infants, Children)- Ottumwa Clinic

WIC (Women, Infants, Children)- Ottumwa Clinic

Food/Clothing/Financial

Assistance for food and nutrition for babies, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months. Serves Jefferson County residents.