Phone (419) 784-5136 | Address: 1933 E 2nd Street Defiance, Ohio 43512

Child & Adult Care Food Program Public Media Release

Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission announces sponsorship of the USDA-funded Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

NOCAC participating sites:
**Family Resource Center, 644 Clinton Street, Defiance
**Hicksville Head Start, 520 B West High Street, Hicksville
**Paulding Head Start, 210 Dooley Drive, Paulding
**Child Development Center 22600 SR 34,  Archbold
**Napoleon Head Start, 1075 Glenwood Ave, Napoleon
**Pulaski Head Start, 06678 US Rt. 127, Bryan
**Montpelier Head Start, 1015 East Brown Road, Montpelier
**Wauseon Head Start, 1210 Ottokee Street, Wauseon

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights
regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions
participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or
retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information
(e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency
(State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have
speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint
Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any
USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information
requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your
completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Click here to view the Income Eligibility Guidelines for free and reduced price meals effective July 1,
2021 through June 30, 2022.

NOCAC Service Updates Due To Coronavirus


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Click here to view information regarding Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance for those who have been affected by COVID-19.

Free Coat Program

Paulding County Coats for Kids 2021

Children can sign up to receive a new winter coat free!   Sign up is October 11th between 9:00 am and 12:00 p.m. at the Paulding County Senior Center located at 401 E. Jackson Street.  Questions?  Please call Becky at 419.399.3650.

*Must be a Paulding County resident – please bring proof of residency*
*Social Security Cards or Birth Certificates must be presented at sign-up*

Commodities Distribution

The Richland Place/PATH Center, at 1939 E. Second Street in Defiance, will be distributing USDA food commodities on Wednesday, October 6,  2021.  Individuals and families that meet income eligibility residing in Defiance, Tinora or Ayersville school districts can receive commodities.  Distribution will take place at the PATH Center from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Any questions contact Alicia Ricker (419) 782-6962 Ext 2929.

Financial Training Opportunities

NOCAC’s Financial Empowerment Program (FEP) has a variety of opportunities designed to increase the financial competence, confidence, and capacity of clients.

Getting Ahead is an eight week course that uses ‘kitchen table talk’ to explore and overcome the challenges facing limited-income families. Participants ‘investigate’ their own lives to connect to the community and build resources. This course is incentivized. Getting Ahead is open to the public and available in every county NOCAC serves. We are always recruiting! If you’re interested in learning more about how Getting Ahead can help you move forward, contact Tracey Backhaus, Getting Ahead Facilitator at (419) 990-5136 x 3129 or

Financial Literacy Classes are also available on topics like: budgeting, credit/credit repair, identity theft prevention, and saving for the future. Classes are between 60-90 minutes in length and provide tools, resources, and real world solutions for individuals and families in Northwest Ohio! FEP Financial Literacy Classes are available at a location near you. For more information, contact Amy McMaster, FEP Specialist, at (419) 990-5136 x 3122 or

Bridges Out of Poverty is a six hour workshop that presents a comprehensive approach to understanding the dynamics that cause and perpetuate poverty on individual and systemic levels. Examining the issue from the perspective of economic class, this workshop provides tools and resources to empower communities to alleviate and prevent poverty. Bridges is open to the public. CEUs are available. For more information or to register contact Dustin Fuller, FEP Coordinator, at (419) 990-5136 x 3114 or


Pre-School Applications Now Being Accepted

The NOCAC Child Development program is now accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 Head Start preschool program.

Head Start is a FREE comprehensive program that helps children, ages 3 to 5, from low-income families get ready for school. Our program provides education, health, social and other services to eligible children in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties.

For more information, please call Isaac at 419-784-5136 ext. 1140.