Over 27,000 people in Shawnee County are food insecure. They 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 Topeka 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 we had been serving the area, it was determined that an on-site EAC could directly meet the communities’ needs. The Topeka EAC opened in 2014.
This past fiscal year, demand for services continued to grow in Topeka. We experienced an 81% increase in the number of unduplicated individuals served by our EAC. Food assistance nearly doubled, while housing support increased by 26% and financial education grew 45%.
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.