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 offering free drive-thru cooked, packaged, and bagged meals at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1028 Whittier St. Each bag will consist of three main course servings, three fruit servings, three vegetable servings, three bread servings and three snack cake servings. Food will be packaged and bagged. Drive-thru only, while supplies last. One bag per person. Must be present to get food. Between May 25 and June 26, Abundant Harvest will host a 180 Disaster Relief Fresh Food Giveaway with free fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Abundant Harvest will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Americus Community Food Pantry will be open next on Tuesday, June 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and 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.
Stay tuned for an announcement on their next visit! In the interim, Catholic Charities will be sending food and supplies originally allocated for Emporia and food from one of their local food drives to the John & Frances Ice Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry at Sacred Heart later this month. See the entry on that pantry for further details.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Heritage Pentecostal Church hopes to be giving away food again in the coming weeks. Please check back for details.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church's John & Frances Ice Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry (106 Exchange St.) will be open every Saturday and Sunday for the foreseeable future. This will be on the north side of the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Pre-packaged food pantry items will be available for pick-up on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. There is a limit of one bag per household per weekend. To-go meals will be served on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m., while supplies last. Families and individuals are welcome to pick-up to-go meals on both days.atholic Charities will be sending food and supplies allocated for Emporia and food from a local drive to food pantry in lieu of the mobile resource bus at this time.
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.).
Never Too Young is a Christian ministry working to provide food and hope to those who are in need during this time of increased uncertainty. They currently operate through the Facebook Page, Never Too Young. The group delivers free meals on Tuesday evenings between 5 and 6 p.m. The weekly meal request form is posted to the Facebook page each week and is open from 9 a.m. Saturday to midnight on Sunday.
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.
For USD 251 in North Lyon County, May 18 was the last day for meal distribution.
USD 252 in Southern Lyon County in Southern Lyon County will resume daily service on Monday, June 1 and the regular weekly schedule throughout the month of June. Each day participants can pick up today’s lunch (hot meal) and tomorrow’s breakfast. 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/.
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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