Our Initiatives for Davidson County

Most of us were raised to believe in the “American Dream,” that with hard work and determination, we can achieve financial security through a good job with benefits, or through our own successful business. We want a secure home, quality education for our kids, and neighborhoods that are safe and friendly. We want quality medical care and to retire with dignity. Many of us have never had the opportunity to make this dream come true. In Davidson County, one out of every seven people lives below the official federal poverty guideline; one of every five children in our county also experience this low standard of living. A recent survey indicates that nearly 80% of the US population will experience economic insecurity at some point in life. If the American Dream has never come true for you, and you want a real opportunity for financial independence, we can help.

Perhaps you have recently been laid off from work, and can’t pay your rent or light bill. You might have suffered a divorce or death in the family, or be saddled with sky-high medical bills. Whatever the reason, right now you may feel as though your life is in crisis. In most cases, we can help you overcome today’s emergency, either from us or another source. But what happens tomorrow? Our service is unique in that we provide our participants with comprehensive services to move permanently from a life dependent on emergency assistance, government programs or private charity, to one that is dignified by economic independence and self-determination.

Through the federal Community Service Block Grant, administered state-wide by the NC Office of Economic Opportunity, we are able to offer low-wage workers and their families in Davidson County a way to achieve the American Dream. If you qualify and enroll in this initiative, you will work with a counselor who will help you to establish your own goals in the areas of employment, education, housing, and more. We can assist you with referrals, help you to budget your money effectively, plan and save for the future, and be an advocate for you each step of the way.

Davidson County Community Action has been a champion for low-wage workers and their families since 1965. We have the connections, the knowledge, and the ability to help you accomplish your dreams. We urge you to download an application by clicking the link to the left, fill it out, come to our office and talk with a counselor. We see clients every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9AM to noon, and 2PM to 4PM.

You may quailify to participate in the Economic Self-Sufficiency Initiative if your annual income for the past 90 days does not exceed:

Family Size Income
1 $15,175
2 $20,575
3 $25,975
4 $31,375
5 $36,775
6 $42,175
7 $47,575
8 $52,975

For families with more than 8 members, add $5,400 for each additional member.

Non-cash government assistance and certain cash assets are not counted in determining the income listed above. Please see a counselor to calculate your income according to program guidelines.

Emergency Food Assistance

If you live in Davidson County and you are hungry, or if your family doesn’t have enough food to last through the month, we can help. You are not alone: 50 million people in our nation are hungry. North Carolina has the seventh highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. Hunger stalks one out of every six people in Davidson County, and more than one-third of these do not qualify for any government food assistance. 

Sadly, one in every four of our children live in households that need nutritious food on a routine basis. 

Hunger will increase as long as unemployment rates remain high. A recent survey indicates that nearly 80% of the US population will experience economic insecurity at some point in life. While America may not be “the land of plenty” for everyone, Davidson County Community Action has a firm commitment to respond with compassion to those in need. 

Perhaps you have recently been laid off from work, and can’t buy food and pay all of your bills at the same time. You might have suffered a divorce or death in the family, or be saddled with sky-high medical bills. Whatever the reason, right now your family needs food, and you may feel angry, inadequate, or as though your life is in crisis. We understand. 

We can help you overcome today’s emergency need for food. But what happens tomorrow? Our agency also offers comprehensive services to move permanently from needing emergency assistance, government programs or private charity, to a life that is dignified by economic independence and self-determination.

 Food is distributed at DCCA every Thursday from 9AM to noon, and 2PM to 4PM. Davidson County Community Action has been a champion for low-wage workers and their families since 1965. Download the Emergency Food Assistance application by clicking the link to the left, and bring the completed application with you on Thursday, when food is distributed from our pantry.

Food donated by local organizations and individuals have no income eligibility restrictions. Food supplied by the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC, through the USDA TEFAP program (The Emergency Food Assistance Program), the NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Distribution Division, and funded in part by the State Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), have income eligibility restrictions. Please see a counselor for more information.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

 If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online by clicking here, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

 Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

 Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

 USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Davidson County Community Action, Inc.
911 S. Talbert Blvd
PO Box 389
Lexington, NC 27293-0389
(336) 249-0234

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