Self-Sufficiency Center


New: Order your groceries online for pickup!

A few logistical things about online ordering:

  • Please allow for time for delays in placing online orders; we are a mini crew also sevring clients in-person during this time. Expect delays online. We will contact you when your order is ready. Thank you for your patience!
  • If you are new to MCUM, you can only place one online order; after that point, we will need you to come in next time and fill out a quick form. We receive federal funding and this paperwork allows us to get more donations for our program.
  • If you are  not  new to MCUM, you will receive food for the household size we have listed in the database. If you need to add family members, please come in and complete the paperwork. 
  • We only have the capacity to fill one shopping order per month per family in our food pantry. 
  • Full cleaning & hygiene orders can only be filled in-person at this time. 

At MCUM, we offer coaching and resource assistance to families and individuals of the Monroe County community who are experiencing hardship. Our program serves to make sure that these crises don’t have to leave families hungry, cold, or faced with utility shut-off or eviction.

When you visit MCUM for help meeting your basic needs (food, cleaning/hygiene items, & clothing), we do not require any proof of need. You will not be required to meet with a coach, but you will be offered the opportunity to do so – they may be able to connect you with resources in the community that can be supportive to your family during whatever circumstances you are facing. Typically, a visit to MCUM for basic needs assistance takes around 30 minutes, but may take longer if we have many visitors at once.

If you are already meeting your basic needs and ready to take the next step toward self-sufficiency, our coaches are happy to cheer you on as you set and accomplish YOUR goals. To learn more about Your Path, click the button below. If you are interested in participating, complete an application and we will be in touch.

Click the buttons below to learn more about what we offer:


***NEW – request a financial appointment online. Financial Inquiry Form 2020. Click here to download a form in jotform/pdf which can be submitted directly to a coach. 

Getting here

The Self-Sufficiency Center is located next to Tri-North Middle School and Mills Pool, on the Route #2 West bus line. For more information about local buses, visit the Bloomington Transit site.

A program brochure is available to print in English and in Español.

Those seeking assistance are encouraged to call 2-1-1 or search the 2-1-1 online database of resources for more information. The Hoosier Hills Food Bank also provides a list of food resources in Monroe and surrounding counties. The City of Bloomington provides links to resource guides that might be helpful to those seeking assistance.

Upcoming Events

Please stay tuned while we update our 2020 Calendar!