Nearly 29,000 people in Wyandotte 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 Kansas City, Kansas 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 the area, it was determined that an on-site EAC in Kansas City, Kansas could more directly meet the community’s needs. The EAC opened in September 2002. Every year, this location hosts a Christmas store for more than 200 families featuring new toys and games donated by local parish members. Eligible families get the opportunity to shop for Christmas presents for their children.
This past fiscal year, we served 13,843 unduplicated individuals. We experienced a 17% increase in food assistance – providing food 54,643 times. Requests for gently used clothing grew 44% while financial education was 152% higher.
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.