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.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN UPDATE: While government agencies have now re-opened, nearly 38,000 in Oklahoma have been affected with no income over the last 2 pay cycles. As such, NERA remains ready to assist individuals and families in need. If you live within the territory from Interstate 35 (west) to Shidler (east) to Red Rock (south) and back up to the Kansas border (north), we are here to help. Call (580)765-5372 or visit us at 112 South First Street in Ponca City.

To get help, simply bring us:

 - a current bill, with your name on it as printed by the vendor

 - your valid federal ID, or other proof of Federal Agency/Contractor employment status (i.e., paystub, employer identification card, etc.)

 - an ID for each person in your household (can be a social security card for minors; we do not copy or record Social Security numbers)

Below is a list of Federal Agencies in Oklahoma impacted by the shutdown:

 - Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing and Urban Development, Dept of Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Environmental Protection Agency, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, General Services Administration, and Small Business Administration