Resources for those in need.

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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We are all in this together. Let's keep Emporia Strong.

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Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen

Abundant Harvest is typically offering boxed food packages from 6:30 to 9 a.m. on weekdays. Check the Abundant Harvest Facebook page for updates, times, and food availability or call 342-7439.

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Americus Community Food Pantry

413 Walnut St, Americus
620-443-5371

The Americus Community Food Pantry will be open next on Saturday, August 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m and Tuesday, September 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Individuals can pick up pre-packaged food boxes from a cart outside the pantry.


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Beacon for Hope Suicide Prevention

P.O. Box 1601, Emporia
620-481-9251
melissa@hopelinks.org

Education, resources for preventing suicide, and after suicide support

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Food Relief

Blessing Boxes

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.

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Catholic Charities Resource Bus

205 S Lawrence St, Emporia

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.

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Catholic Charities of NE Kansas

Traveling resource bus – no permanent address
913-433-2039

Services include case management/emergency services, parent education and foster care.  Call for services & appointments.

Mobile Resource Bus in Emporia 2X/Mo

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City of Emporia

521 Market

Housing Authority and Fair Housing compliance

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Corky's Cupboard

1200 Commercial St, Emporia
chornets@emporia.edu

Corky's Cupboard, Emporia State University's on-campus food pantry, is back in the Center for Student Involvement in the Memorial Union. Food can be picked up on Mondays and Thursdays between noon 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.

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Corner House

418 Market
620-342-3015

Drug and alcohol counseling and residential services

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CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness (Mental Health Center)

1000 Lincoln St.
620-343-2211

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 

620-343-2626


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ECKAN

215 W 6th Ave Suite 102
785-234-0217 or 1-800-383-0217
egoodwin@eckan.org

ECKAN is the housing authority for Lyon County. The Housing Choice Voucher program provides rental assistance for qualifying low-income families, enabling them to obtain affordable, quality housing with private landlords. ECKAN has a weatherization program as well that provides energy savings measures at no cost to income qualifying individuals or families who own or rent their homes. ECKAN also provides emergency assistance for rent and utilities when funding allows.

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ECKAN

215 W. 6th, Suite 102
620-342-4607
egoodwin@eckan.org

Food Vouchers are available while funding lasts. Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program- $35 worth of voucher for senior citizens to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and honey from the farmer’s market.

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ECKAN

215 W. 6th, Suite 102
620-342-4607
egoodwin@eckan.org

Dental Program- provides needed dental services such as cleanings, fillings, extractions, as well as crowns, partials, and dentures. There is currently a waitlist but ECKAN is working hard to look for additional grants to fund the program. ECKAN can also assist with prescriptions.

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Financial Relief

ESU Student Emergency Support Fund

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.

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Emporia Rescue Mission

1119 Merchant St.
620-342-3351

Shelter for men 18 and older.

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Family Promise of the Flint Hills

Faith based rotational model family homeless program – coming SOON – for families with CHILDREN 18 yrs old and younger only.

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First Christian Church

202 East 12th St, Emporia
620-342-1582

The First Christian Church pantry is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. while supplies last.

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First Congregational Church

326 W 12th Ave, Emporia

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.

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First United Methodist Church

823 Merchant St., Emporia
620-342-6186

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.

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Flint Hills Community Health Center

420 W. 15th Ave.
620-342-4864

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

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Friendship Meals

221 West Logan Ave., Emporia
620-340-8001

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.

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Financial Relief

Greater Emporia Area Diaster Relief Fund

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.

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Habitat for Humanity

918 Neosho St.
620-340-0103

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.

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Heritage Pentecostal Church

1827 Road G, Emporia
620-803-7571

Heritage Pentecostal Church hopes to be giving away food again in the coming weeks. Please check back for details. 

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Housing Finance Agency (HFA) Kansas Housing Resources Corporation

611 S. Kansas Ave. #300 Topeka, KS 66603
785-296-5865 1-800-752-4422

Offers loans and programs for first-time homebuyers, homeowner rehabilitation, emergency repair, tenant based rent assistance and weatherization assistance.

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Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program

Kansas Department of Health/Environment
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

The Kansas Tobacco Quitline (www.KSquit.org or 1-800-QUIT-NOW) provides FREE one-on-one coaching for Kansans ready to quit using any form of tobacco. The Quitline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, online and by phone. Trained Coaches provide participants support to create an individual plan to quit tobacco and fight cravings.

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L-CAT Public Transportation

402 Commercial St.
620-343-4207

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.


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LYON COUNTY WIC (WOMEN INFANTS CHILDREN)

420 W. 15th Ave
(620)342-4864
dmoore@flinthillshealth.org

Keeping Mothers and Children Healthy

WIC’s mission is to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to healthcare.

WIC serves pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women; infants; and children (up to age 5); who meet income guidelines and medical or nutritional risk.

The department provides:

  • Personalized nutrition counseling
  • Provides nutritious foods
  • Referrals for other services that can benefit the family
  • Provides breastfeeding support

For breastfeeding mothers:
WIC also provides breastfeeding education and assistance. Lactation consultations are available with a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor or an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. We also offer a breastfeeding support group from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Mondays in the Jones Conference Room at the health center.

Prenatal breastfeeding and cooking classes are also available.
Contact the WIC office for more information.

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Lyon County ECKAN

215 W. 6th Street, Suite 204, Emporia
620-342-4607

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.).

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Midland Care PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for Elderly)

1632 Industrial Road
800-491-3691
ereece@midlandcc.org

We offer the Program of All-Inclusive Care, which provides medical care, meal support, social activity, incontinence supplies, transportation to appointments, physical therapy, and so much more. Providing care and keeping people 55 and older in their homes with wrap around services.

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My Life My Quit-Youth Tobacco & Vaping Prevention

My Life, My Quit provides FREE one-on-one coaching for Kansas youth, 13-17 years old, who want help quitting any form of tobacco, including vaping. Parents, educators, healthcare professionals and community organizations can also access the website and number for information and resources.

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Newman Regional Health and Newman Medical Partners

1201 West 12th & 1301 West 12th
620-343-6800 & 620-343-2376

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.

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Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

215 W. 6th Ave. Suite 201
620-342-1648
info@rcilinc.org

RCIL offers many different FREE services to persons with disabilities and their families.  We offer a durable medical equipment loan program, advocacy, peer support, independent living skills training, youth transition, deinstitutionalization, and much more.

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SOS, Inc

618 Mechanic St.
800-825-1295
kwedel@soskansas.com

SOS proudly serves six Kansas counties: Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris & Osage. We strive to empower and advocate for those affected by sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. Please call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-825-1295.

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Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church-John & Frances Ice Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry

106 Exchange St., Emporia
620-342-1061
emporiacatholics@gmail.com

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church's John & Frances Ice Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry (106 Exchange St.) is open Sundays. The John & Frances Ice Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry currently operates a drive-thru service every Sunday from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.  One pantry bag per household per weekend is given.  To-go meals provided while supplies last.

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Salvation Army

327 Constitution, Emporia
620-342-3093

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.

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Shiloh Home of Hope

615 Congress St
620-342-0070

Residential home for pregnant or newly delivered mothers with a faith based component

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Southeast KANSASWORKS

215 W. 6th Ave, Emporia
620-342-3355
astrawder@sekworks.org

Southeast KANSASWORKS provides a wide range of FREE services to both job seekers and businesses. We help individuals with their job search, build a custom resume, referral to employment, tuition assistance and so much more!

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United Way of the Flint Hills

702 Commercial St., Emporia

The United Way supports 211, a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit http://211.org/ or call 211 to learn more.

This website was created by Justin Ogleby in collaboration with KVOE.