Nearly 3,000 people in Atchison County struggle to get enough food to eat. At times, they’re forced to make difficult choices between feeding their families and paying their rent.
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is here to help. Our Atchison Emergency Assistance Center (EAC) is available to low-income individuals and families who need food or assistance with basic utility payments, housing, clothing or medical prescriptions.
The help goes beyond meeting immediate needs. An on-site case manager works to identify solutions and resources that will lead to long-term change.
GIVING HELP. GIVING HOPE.
Although Catholic Charities had been serving Atchison and the surrounding area, it was determined that an on-site EAC could more directly meet the communities’ needs. In November 2013, we opened an office in a small space, using a closet to serve as the food pantry. As the demand for services grew, so did the need for a larger place. In February 2016, the EAC moved locations. Still nestled in the downtown community, the EAC now occupies an office that allows for a walk-thru pantry and spacious meeting rooms.
This past fiscal year, our Atchison EAC experienced a 35% increase in the number of unduplicated individuals served. Housing and food assistance more than doubled, while utility aid and financial education quadrupled.
We could not assist our neighbors in need without the support and generosity of individuals, businesses, parishes and foundations who step up to organize food drives, make gifts-in-kind, volunteer in our food pantry and make financial contributions. We are truly blessed.