Who We Are

Our MISSION is to give people a hand up instead of a hand out.

NERA helps those in need with food, utilities and rent assistance, informational classes, and referrals to other agencies or providers in north central Oklahoma. Our Clients live within a service footprint from the Kansas state line to the north, to Red Rock in the south, west to Interstate 35, and back east to Shidler.

How We Help

Our office is located in downtown Ponca City, Oklahoma. Call or stop by, and once there, you'll find a friendly staff that visits with each Client personally to understand them, and offer referrals or direct assistance based on their unique needs. Our onsite, state-of-the-art Food Pantry is designed just like a grocery store. We treat our Clients with the attention and respect that they deserve, and as a result find that many volunteer their time and energy to "pay it forward" for the help they receive. Stop by or donate today, and become a key part of our success.

NEW SERVICE HOURS - effective May 1, 2019

Exciting news! We are staggering service hours, to insure that our Clients with various schedules are able to access us when convenient for them. As a result, the following new hours will be effective this May (all times Central):


Monday - Noon to 3:00pm

Tuesday - 2:00pm to 5:30pm (with addtional Utility & Rent Assistance from 9:00am - 10:00am)

Thursday - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Friday - 11:00pm to 3:00pm

Saturday - 9:00am - 11:00am (we are open on the 3rd Saturday of every month)


Senior Box Day - 2nd Thursday of every month, from 11:00am - 1:00pm