COVID-19

Making an Impact

Due to COVID-19, many businesses have closed their doors and many jobs have been lost. As more and more families are facing financial hardships, they are turning to Catholic Charities for help.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas made a commitment to keep serving during COVID-19.

Priorities were shifted to our food, housing and healthcare ministries. With our offices closed to the public during early lockdown, we offered drive-thru food distributions and accelerated our Kids Summer Food program to start months in advance; continued case management remotely; and conducted virtual financial classes. Throughout all the difficult days, we have been inspired by the outpouring of prayers, food drives and financial contributions for our agency and the essential work that we do to support families in need. 

By the Numbers

March—July 2020

Food Assistance 

Food assistance was provided 20,024 times to individuals and families in need across our Hope Distribution Center, seven Family Support Centers and our Olathe and Kansas City, Kansas monthly mass food distributions.

88 tons

of food were dispensed at monthly Mass Food Distributions.

344,000 lbs

of produce (172 lbs) were distributed since March as part of the USDA’s farm-to-table program. 

Shalom House

18 men experiencing homelessness were welcomed and safely resided in our Shalom House Men’s Shelter in KCK.

Asset Development

357 financial case management appointments and 7 virtual financial education classes were conducted to help individuals and families manage their finances and unexpected hardships through these difficult times.

Parish Food Drives

have contributed over 91 tons of food donations which go directly to our neighbors in need.

70,336 meals have been provided to children who depend on free and reduced lunch during the school year at 18 sites throughout our Archdiocese including a brand new partnership with 7 housing projects in Kansas City, Kansas. We accelerated the program to begin months early due to COVID-19, and quickly eclipsed the 12,200 meals served last year.