Sac County Family Development Center
1710 West Main Street
Sac City, IA 50583
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed on all Federal Holidays
The Sac County Family Development Center serves income eligible residents in Sac County. The Family Development Center is the information, application and referral center for all of the income eligible programs offered by New Opportunities, Inc. to serve families, individuals and elderly people of Sac County.
Backpack Program - A sack consisting of 12 food items are sent home with the eligible child each week on Friday (or the last school day of the week).
Children K - 6th grade on free and reduced lunches are eligible for the Backpack Program. To sign up, contact the school secretary.
Backpack Program is offered at East Sac County schools - Wall Lake Elementary, Sac Elementary and East Sac Middle School, in partnership with the Food Bank of Iowa.
How to Volunteer/Get Involved with the FDC!
You can make a difference!
Prepare Christmas Toy Packages
Adopt a Family for Christmas
Take a name from The Giving Tree
(available by appointment) - Click here for Application!
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program that has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. By doing so, you can reduce the risk of health and safety problems (such as illness, fire or eviction). The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing. Your application for energy assistance is also an application for weatherization of your home. Weatherization currently has an income guideline of 200% POV or lower. Visit the weatherization page to view more information.
*Mailable energy assistance applications can be utilized by an individual household for no more than two successive years. A face-to-face meeting for the purpose of taking the application is required every third year.
Other Forms Available:
|Household Size||Annual Gross Income|
|Each Additional Member Add:||$7,735|
In an emergency situation where there is a shortage of food for your family or for yourself, you would go to the Family Development Center. The coordinator will then supply you a food package according to the number in the household to get you through for a short time. The pantry supplies will be such possible items as: meat, canned vegetables, cereal, soups, tuna, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, etc. depending on availability. The food pantry can only be accessed 4 times a fiscal year (October-September) per household. per emergency situations. There is no charge for the food pantry, but you will be asked to complete a basic intake form for applying for this emergency food pantry.
The New Opportunities Food Pantry partners with the Food Bank of Iowa to supplement food pantry needs.
If you are in need of clothing for you or someone in your family, go to your Sac County Family Development Center office to see what is available. If you are relocating and are in need of furniture, the center may have items to furnish your apartment or home. A sample of possible items to be found in the center are coats, shoes, trinkets, cooking utensils, beds, linens, toys, etc. The cost for the items is very minimal. The money received from these purchases is used to help out other crisis situations that do occur. All items are donated to center for re-sale. New donated items are received daily.
Elderly Waiver Chore Program
Seniors need to apply for the Elderly Waiver at their local County Department of Human Services (DHS) office. Approved applicants are assigned to a Case Manager, who notifies New Opportunities, Inc., that they are qualified for Elderly Waiver Chore services. Clients are assigned a monthly budget for each service they will receive through the Waiver.
When a client is approved for the Elderly Waiver Chore Program, New Opportunities, Inc., receives a Notice of Decision document that tells us how many hours of service are allowed for that client. The Elderly Waiver Chore Program covers lawn mowing and snow removal, up to the budgeted limit of hours. New Opportunities, Inc., pays the chore provider and bills the Federal Government for the service.
Financial Literacy Counseling
Visit the Financial Literacy Counseling page for more information on how to build your financial security through reducing debt, building savings, restoring credit, budgeting and wise shopping.
New Opportunities is happy to partner with the Food Bank of Iowa in offering a Mobile Food Pantry in Sac City. Click here for more information.