Year-Round Healthy Meals for Children

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Kids Summer Food Program (KSF) may be more widely known throughout our agency for distributing and delivering free meals to children. But nutritious meals for children are available year-round through our federally-funded Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP has been part of our agency’s service offerings since the [...]

2022-11-30T11:07:11-06:00November 11, 2022|

Kids Summer Food Program Builds Healthier Communities

1 in 6 children face hunger in Kansas. The summer months are particularly hard for those who rely on free or reduced-cost lunches during the school year. Seven years ago, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas launched the Kids Summer Food Program to help address this issue of food insecurity. Since then, the need and the [...]

2021-10-08T10:51:57-05:00September 30, 2021|

Kids Summer Food Program Begins Early

With the recent school closures, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has begun the Kids Summer Food Program early. Children up to 18 years of age can receive FREE sack lunches by coming to one of the locations below. All lunches will be distributed "carryout" style, respecting 6 foot social distancing. To learn [...]

2020-05-05T14:17:30-05:00March 24, 2020|

Kids Summer Food Program Wraps Up Another Successful Year

Having daily access to ample, nutritious food is something many of us take for granted. We so frequently will wake up, get ourselves ready for a day of busy-ness, and actively choose to forgo breakfast because we know a filling lunch is only a few hours away, with a substantial dinner to follow. For [...]

2019-10-15T16:01:01-05:00October 15, 2019|

Summer Food Program Partners with Rural Libraries

While food and drink might be frowned upon at some libraries, it certainly wasn’t the case this summer at the Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library in St. Marys, Kansas. There the staff encouraged eating -- handing out sack lunches three days a week as part of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Summer Food Program. It was [...]

2018-11-19T16:59:49-06:00November 19, 2018|

Feeding Minds and Bellies

For the past three years, the staff and children at the St. Marys library have participated in the Summer Food Service Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and designed to give children access to free, nutritious meals when school is not in session. Above, Mercy McCann enjoys a juice box [...]

2018-08-17T16:26:19-05:00August 17, 2018|

Summertime is Hungry Time — Please Help

Originally posted on The Leaven by Joe Bollig Summertime is a lean time at the eight Emergency Assistance Center food pantries operated by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. The demand for food goes up in the summer at the same time that giving drops off. KANSAS CITY, Kan. — They don’t plan [...]

2018-07-25T10:36:23-05:00July 25, 2018|

Denise Ogilvie Lends Voice to Summer Food Issues

 A special shout-out to our own Denise Ogilvie, Vice President of Outreach and Grants Management, who testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. She discussed the vital role that the summer meals program plays in the lives of children not only in Kansas, but across the country. Denise shared that more [...]

2018-07-18T15:50:18-05:00July 18, 2018|

Breaking Bread Spring 2018 – School’s Out. Food’s Out.

Denise Ogilvie, Vice President, Outreach and Grants Management Remember, as a kid, that excitement surrounding the last day of school? It meant summer had finally arrived. It was a care-free time filled with fun and friends. As adults, we don’t always look at summer in quite the same way. It’s a time filled with stress [...]

2018-07-11T10:00:39-05:00July 11, 2018|