We all might need a little help sometimes. Lyon County already had high rates of food insecurity prior to COVID-19, and many more people may find themselves in need at this time. This site provides information about current food assistance and other emergency relief available in Emporia and greater Lyon County in light of COVID-19 compiled by the EAT Initiative and the Lyon County Food and Farm Council. For more information and resources about food insecurity, visit www.emporia.edu/eat.
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Abundant Harvest is typically offering boxed food packages from 6:30 to 9 a.m. on weekdays. In partnership with Victory Fellowship Church, Abundant Harvest will also continue fresh food giveaways with dairy products, fruit and baked goods. The next truck is anticipated for Aug. 5. All giveaways are tentatively scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and go as long as food is available. Check the Abundant Harvest Facebook page for updates, times, and food availability or call 342-7439.
The Americus Community Food Pantry will be open next o Saturday, June 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Individuals can pick up pre-packaged food boxes from a cart outside the pantry.
Food can be donated and food may be taken out of the 24/7/365 blessing boxes. At times, the boxes may be empty for a period of time; however, boxes may be filled at any given time.
The Catholic Charities mobile resource bus is back in action, visiting Emporia once per month. Catholic Charities, which provides food and other emergency assistance, parks the bus at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church (205 S Lawerance St) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Currently, it offers a drive-thru service. Dates for the remainder of 2020 include August 19, September 9, October 14, November 11, and December 9.
Services include case management/emergency services, parent education and foster care. Call for services & appointments.
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Housing Authority and Fair Housing compliance
Corky's Cupboard is still operating to support ESU students needing food assistance during the summer. The location for pick-up of food is the Student Wellness Center. Food can be picked up on Mondays and Thursdays between 1 and 5 p.m. Students will need to show their ID to get food and menstrual products. There is a limit of one Corky’s Cupboard package per week. Beginning Aug. 17, Corky’s Cupboard will be back in the Center for Student Involvement in the Memorial Union.
Drug and alcohol counseling and residential services
Adult outpatient services, children’s services, including school based and preschool program, medication clinic and crisis services. Individuals in crisis situations are provided 24-hour psychiatric emergency services through immediate screening and assessment.
24 HR Emergency
HUD approved counseling for budgeting, debt payment (including student loan repayment options), rental housing (tenant and landlord issues), credit reports and credit building, home buying. Payee Services approved by Social Security. Training and financial literacy education programs.
ESU's Student Foundation Emergency Scholarship is available to help students who experience unexpected and unforeseen circumstances which jeopardize their ability to pay for their education. Awards are made to students who have demonstrated a need for temporary financial assistance in order to remain a student at Emporia State. Emergency funds are limited and availability varies from semester to semester. If you are a current ESU student needing emergency scholarship support, visit this page and complete an application for assistance.
Shelter for men 18 and older.
The First Christian Church pantry is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. while supplies last.
First Congregational Church offers a community meal on the third Saturday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They also have their essentials pantry on the third Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon. Items for one’s home such as cleaning supplies and other sundries are available free of charge. There is a limit of 4 items.
First United Methodist Church pantry will be handing out bags of food Thursdays and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon out of the west doors.
Public Health, Primary Care, Prenatal Care, Family planning, WIC/Food program, Breastfeeding Counselor, Diabetic’s Nutritionist Counselor, Healthy Start Home Visitor, Social Worker, Mental Health, Immunization, Dental, Environmental Health
The North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging, Inc’s Friendship Center is delivering friendship meals to homebound individuals. Must be 60+, homebound and in city limits to qualify. For those outside city limits, family could pick up frozen meals once per week. If you believe you might be eligible for this meal delivery program, call 620-340-8001.
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.
Organizations and businesses needing assistance and interested in applying to the fund can apply through the United Way or Emporia Main Street websites. Businesses should apply through Main Street, while nonprofits should apply through the United Way.
Affordable houses sold to partner families who have completed 300 hours of sweat equity as a down payment. Families then assume a 20-year, interest-free mortgage with average payments of $350 to $400 per month. Payment includes insurance and taxes, set aside in escrow. The payments on principal go toward expenses for the next house.
Heritage Pentecostal Church hopes to be giving away food again in the coming weeks. Please check back for details.
Offers loans and programs for first-time homebuyers, homeowner rehabilitation, emergency repair, tenant based rent assistance and weatherization assistance.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church's John & Frances Ice Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry (106 Exchange St.) is open Sundays. This will be a drive-thru service only on the north side of the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Pre-packaged food pantry items will be available for pick-up Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. There is a limit of one bag per household per weekend. To-go meals will be served Sundays at 4 p.m., while supplies last.
24-hour toll-free quit line provides screening, counseling, support materials and referral for tobacco cessation assistance
Buses all have Wheelchair/Handicap accessible service Fixed route with over 30 specific bus stop locations available. Demand Response is available with home to destination service arrangements with prior scheduling only. First come/First Serve
Dispatch hours: M-F 7:30 am to 5:00 pm & Sat 7:45 am to 3:00 pm. Bus service hours are 7:00 am to 6:00 pm M-F; Saturday 7:30-3:00.
ECKAN (East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation) in Lyon County is currently phone contact only. Call 620-342-4607 to discuss your needs. Food bags can be provided for pick up as needed while supplies are available. ECKAN has a very limited amount of food vouchers available to those who have been directly affected by COVID-19 (job loss, reduction of hours, quarantine, etc.).
Providing care and keeping people 55 and older in their homes with wrap around services
Hospital and acute care services including cardiology, labor and delivery, pediatrics, family medicine, orthopedics, surgical care and more. Full service Emergency Department also available 24 hours.
The Salvation Army is currently operating by appointment by phone at 620-342-3093 and through Facebook Messenger. The Salvation Army is currently helping with food, rent, utilities, clothing, and other financial assistance. Staff will check eligibility and then set up an appointment to pick up food as needed. Curbside service will be provided. As of 3/18, the Salvation Army announced that financial assessments will be waived at this point, but a photo ID and proof of residence in Lyon County will be required. By 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Salvation Army will post on Facebook about whether breadline will be offered. If sufficient supplies are available, a drive-thru service will be offered at 2 p.m.
Residential home for pregnant or newly delivered mothers with a faith based component
For USD 251 in North Lyon County, May 18 was the last day for meal distribution.
USD 252 in Southern Lyon County is continuing to serve meals Monday through Friday. Service times are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Neosho Rapids pick up is on the front of the building on Commercial Street. Hartford pick up is on the south side of the building. Olpe’s pick up area is on the back side of the building. Delivery is also available for quarantined or families that have no means of transportation. The contact to be put on the route for the Hartford/ Neosho Rapids area is Doug Hes (firstname.lastname@example.org). The contact to be put on the route in the Olpe area is Shane Clark (email@example.com). These meals are free to anyone ages 18 and under, and you do not have to be a student of USD 252. To view what is on the menu please click this link https://usd252.nutrislice.com/menu/. Meals will continue through June 26. On June 26, a week’s worth of meals will be handed out (breakfast and lunch x 5 days) as the school will be closed from June 29 to July 3. School meals will begin again on July 6, with breakfast and lunch daily at the same service times and locations, with the exception of the Hartford site. Those from Hartford are welcome to come pick up in Neosho Rapids. Delivery services may no longer be offered in July. Assuming the demand for meals continues, meals will continue to be offered through July 24. On July 24, that day’s meal plus 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches will be provided again to cover July 27 through July 31. Meals will not continue in August until school starts again.
USD 253 in Emporia is offering meals at three locations — Village, Walnut and William Allen White elementary schools. Meals will be available for pick up from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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