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Food Drives

Help feed our neighbors in need

Help Fill Our Shelves

The USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. This can be a temporary situation for a family or can last a long time. Food insecurity is one way we measure how many people cannot afford food. More than 34 million people, including 10 million children experience food insecurity in the United States. Nearly one in five Kansas children do not have enough food to eat.

We are committed to addressing hunger and food insecurity through many solutions. When families come to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, we connect them to Federal Nutrition Programs such as WIC and SNAP. Both of these programs allow families to purchase nutritious food for their families. We also administer CACFP and Summer Food programs, which provide nutritious meals and snacks to children when they are not in school. We also distribute commodities in Topeka and Wyandotte County and distribute senior commodities in Leavenworth, Lawrence, Seneca and Wyandotte County. All of these programs are federally funded.

We operate eight food pantries in our 21-county service area. We strive to provide healthy food to families in need as a way to supplement their household food budget. Following the pandemic and with the rising cost of food we have seen a continual increase in people accessing our food pantries. We have had a saying at Catholic Charities “school’s out, food’s out” and that was certainly true this past summer. Our shelves were close to empty and we were not able to replace our inventory at a rate that kept adequate food on the shelves. We continue to purchase food but there is limited bulk to purchase and just like everyone, our dollar is not going as far. We depend on the generosity of food drives and donations to keep us stocked with shelf stable food. Will you join us in our mission of feeding our neighbors in need?

Above: Food donations dramatically decrease during the summer months leaving our shelves at Hope Distribution Center without much-needed items such as canned meat.

Above: A volunteer helps sort food donations at Hope Distribution Center.

Did you know? According to Feeding America, which tracks food insecurity in the U.S., the number of children facing hunger rose significantly during the pandemic – from more than 10 million in 2019 to nearly 12 million in 2020. In Kansas, one in ten people face hunger—including 102,760 children.

How You Can Help

Fight food insecurity in our communities!

Donate to a Food Drive

Donate food items from the list below to your local church or community food drive.

Go Shopping

Take a list with you to the grocery store and purchase items from our most needed list, then donate to your local Catholic Charities food pantry.

Donate at the Hy-Vee Food Drive

Find our volunteers throughout the month on Saturdays at local Hy-Vee stores.

Shop from our Amazon Wishlist

Click “add to cart” from wherever you are and have food items delivered directly to our warehouse for distribution to our food pantries.

Host a Food Drive

If you are a church, school, business, organization, family or neighborhood group that would like to give back to the community, consider hosting a food drive.

Provide a Monetary Donation

Your financial gift will help provide food to those who are hungry.

What We Need

While we accept all shelf stable food donations, we are consistently in need of certain items more than others. Please see the list below for those items.

Peanut Butter
Canned Meat
Canned Fruit
Pasta Sauce (no glass bottles, please)

Upcoming Food Drives

Note: Some church-hosted food drives occur before and after Masses.
Look for the Catholic Charities truck in the parking lot. Volunteers will help load your donation into the truck.

July 20Hy-Vee13400 West 87th Street, Lenexa, KS, 66215Saturday (10:00AM-3:00PM)
July 20-21Good Shepherd Catholic Church12800 West 75th Street, Shawnee, KS, 66216
July 27Hy-Vee7620 State Line Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208Saturday (10:00AM-3:00PM)
July 27-28Prince of Peace Catholic Church16000 West 143rd Street, Olathe, KS, 66062
July 27-28Church of the Holy Cross8311 93rd Street, Overland Park, KS, 66212

Host a Food Drive!

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas relies on donations to keep our food pantry shelves stocked.

Feed the Need in Our Community

If you are a church, school, business, organization, family or neighborhood group that would like to give back to the community, consider hosting a food drive.

Contact Camille Pickhinke, Director of Community Engagement, at [email protected] to schedule.

Thank you for your continued support in helping us fight hunger in our community. We could not do our work without you!