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. 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 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.
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.
Mobile Resource Bus in Emporia 2X/Mo
Housing Authority and Fair Housing compliance
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.