In February 2003, members of Jonesboro United Methodist Church clearly saw the need in the community for a food pantry and other services that would meet persons in crisis at their points of need; further, that this outreach could become a faith-based, cooperative effort among all churches of LeeCounty.
CUOCLC (Christians United Outreach Center of Lee County) received 501(c)(3) recognition by the IRS as a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization effective October 19, 2004. December 3, 2007, CUOCLC moved from its offices on Trade Street (in Jonesboro) to its present location,2885 Lee Avenue, a 12,000 sq. ft. facility.
CUOCLC grew from a client base of 150 households in 2004 to 9,308 households at the end of calendar 2015...and the client base continually grows (9,500 households as of May 2016). Well over 60 member churches and more than 120 businesses, organizations and groups currently support CUOCLC by providing volunteers, food, funds, and prayers.
During calendar 2015, CUOCLC distributed 454,972 pounds of food in 9,126 boxes. Financial-pledge assistance was provided to 250 client-households totaling $25,052.69— pledged primarily toward electric utilities and natural-gas bills. Over 369 households received free clothing and/or household items. Approximately 50 prom dresses were distributed to young women who otherwise could not have secured a prom dress.
CUOCLC serves persons at their point of emergency need during the following hours:
Mondays: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesdays: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fridays 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm