Are you looking for a way to help others during COVID-19? The EAT Initiative and its partners encourage you to support current community needs. This site provides information about how members of Lyon County and the surrounding area can provide aid to our community in light of COVID-19. All of the organizations listed below are essential to the well being of our community and are currently experiencing challenges getting the supplies they need. If you are able, consider supporting one or more of the following causes.
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Abundant Harvest is currently accepting food donations by appointment. Donations can also be dropped off between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, contact Lee Alderman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Americus Community Food Pantry is currently accepting donations at the Americus United Methodist Church. Call Shawna Moyer at (620) 794-1102 ahead of time before you drop off any items.
Drop off non-perishable goods to a Blessings Box located at 1702 W 15th, 420 W 15th or the 700 of Block of Commercial in Emporia at any time. On Emporia State University’s campus non-perishable goods can be placed during this time in the William Allen White Library’s book boxes. Only shelf-stable and nonperishable items are allowed.
The ESU Student Emergency Support Fund is currently asking for donations. Right now, many of our Hornet students are experiencing enormous disruptions to their living situations and their livelihoods. Some of those students will need our support to keep their education on track. Please visit this page to make a gift to support our students.
The Emporia Farmers Market is currently making a limited number of $25 CSA-style food boxes available for purchase to support local vendors. Community members can sponsor a box to donate to a senior in need. If interested, email email@example.com or call 620-343-6555.
The North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging, Inc’s Friendship Center is in need of volunteers to deliver friendship meals to homebound individuals. Meal delivery is typically for one hour between the hours of 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. They may also be in need of volunteers to help prepare meals. If you would like more information on volunteering, call 620-340-8001. You can also donate online to support these efforts.
The Emporia Community Foundation, Emporia Main Street, KVOE, and United Way of the Flint Hills have partnered to create the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund. The four agencies joined forces to broaden the reach of the existing Lyon County Disaster Relief Fund in order to support the needs of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties surrounding COVID-19 relief.
The Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund will have multiple phases of funding to address both the immediate and longer-term needs related to this crisis. The initial focus is on the medical community. Future phases will focus on economic needs. Priority will be given to local organizations working to meet the basic needs of those most significantly impacted by this crisis.
Those interested in donating to the fund may give online at emporiacf.org/make-donation, unitedwayoftheflinthills.org, or emporiamainstreet.com. Donors may also mail their contribution to either the United Way or the Emporia Community Foundation. Until the statewide stay-home order is lifted, both United Way and Emporia Community Foundation offices are closed to the public, so donors are asked not to make donations in person.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church's John & Frances Ice Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry (106 Exchange St.) is in need of food donations. Beginning 4/16, donations may be dropped off on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. or Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. in the west entrance of the Parish Hall. Donations can also be left in the food collection baskets in the church during open hours of Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from noon to 6 p.m.
Newman Regional Health is in need of non-latex medical gloves, N95 Hospital Masks and sewn mask covers. A centralized location for pick up and donations has been made available by Emporia Main Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Community members are instructed to use the clear garage door on 8th Avenue, next to the butterfly mural. Please call (620) 340-6430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to pick up or drop off to make arrangements.
Those who can volunteer can sew face masks for patients out of fabric and covers for N95 masks for healthcare workers. There is an immediate need for both. Newman Regional Health needs approximately 1,021 N95 covers per week. Patient masks are required to be made of 100% cotton or 100% flannel. Mask covers must be made of surgical drape, available for pick up at the location below. Anyone who would like to help, or has questions about sewing the masks, is asked to contact Newman Regional Health’s Volunteer Coordinator, Deborah Storrer, at (620) 343-6800 x22525 or email@example.com. Requirements for the mask and a preferred pattern can be found on this page.
Plumb Place provides temporary emergency shelter and longer-term transitional housing services to women 18 and over. Plumb Place gladly accepts tax-deductible donations. Every dollar you give goes directly to improving the lives of the women who call Plumb Place home. Support Plumb Place and learn more about how donations are used at http://plumbplace.org/donate/
The Red Cross is going through a blood shortage. To schedule an appointment or host or find a blood drive, visit their website at www.redcrossblood.org, call 800-RED-CROSS, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app or enable the Blood Donor skill on any Alexa Echo device.
The Salvation Army is currently in need of food donations. Items needed include (but are not limited to) cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, breakfast bars, shelf milk, baking items, spaghetti and sauce, canned fruit, peanut butter and jam, and boxed helper meals. If you have food donations, please call ahead for drop-off instructions at 620-342-3093 or send a Facebook message. Needed items are also listed and can be purchased from the organization's Registry for Good at Walmart. Monetary donations can be made through this website by clicking "Donate" and designating the zip code 66801.
The thrift store and acceptance of donations at the thrift store are temporarily closed.
United Way of Flint Hills is currently accepting monetary donations. If interested, send a check to 702 Commercial St, Emporia, KS 66801 or donate through their website. Make sure that you note in the memo lines that the donation is for COVID-19 relief.