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.

THE HUNGER FEAST - Friday, June 14 - The Summit @ City Central in Ponca City, OK

Please join us for a special fundraising event that also celebrates our 100th Anniversary serving north Central Oklahoma.

Our CanStruction Art Gallery will be open for viewing starting at 6:00pm. The sculptures will be sponsored by local individuals or businesses, constructed by volunteers from the art departments of local schools and other civic organizations, and made entirely of canned food. All attendees will be able to vote for their favorite sculpture, which will be reconstructed and viewable at our NERA Ponca City office for 30 days, after which the canned goods will be added to our grocery shelves for Client shopping.

Dinner will be served lottery-style around 7:00pm, based on actual hunger statistics in Kay County. As 1 in 6 locals go hungry or suffer from severe food insecurity, service of this meal will have different tiers - from high-end restaurant quality to possibly just beans and rice. Attendees will not know which meal tier they will receive until it is placed before them, replicating the very real food unknowns our Clients experience each and every day.

This unique event is not to be missed. Tickets are only $100/person and can be purchased by stopping in to Ponca City financial institutions through Friday June 7, or by simply clicking the button on our DONATE NOW webpage and adding "The Hunger Feast" to your purchase notes so that a ticket can be held for you at the door the night of the event. You must have a ticket for The Hunger Feast to be admitted.

On behalf of our valued Clients, thanks for all you do to help NERA stamp out hunger in our communities.

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.