COVID-19

Making an Impact

Due to COVID-19, many businesses closed their doors and many jobs were lost. As more and more families faced financial hardships, they turned 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

April 1, 2020 — March 31, 2021

18,061

Case Management hours were spent to assess the comprehensive needs of individuals and families, matching them with the best available resources.

112,183

individuals received food assistance through our eight food pantries.

7345

individuals were served by the Resource Bus which provides basic necessities, case management and more to our neighbors in 15 rural counties.

225 tons

of food was distributed through our monthly drive-through Mobile Food Distributions.

Parish Food Drives

have contributed over 166 tons of food donations which go directly to our neighbors in need.

During COVID-19, we provided

$2,250,443

in Direct Financial Assistance to families facing homelessness, eviction or disconnection. These funds helped families maintain housing and pay utility bills during a difficult time.

102,617

volunteer hours were donated by the community to help carry out the mission of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas.

We experienced an 82.3% reduction in our volunteer workforce in April 2020 (391 volunteers) versus April 2019 (2,200 volunteers). The 9,783 individuals who courageously volunteered during this period helped us fulfill our commitment to continue serving.

90,336

nutritious meals were served through the Kids Summer Food Program at 24 sites across the Archdiocese.

5,178 households received vital financial education through our Asset Development programs, setting them on a path towards economic stability.

473 tax returns were filed through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, generating refunds and providing access to stimulus checks. This is more than double the number of returns filed the previous tax year.

participants were served through our St. Rita skills training Workforce program which provides educational opportunities to help under-employed individuals earn a living wage. Participants earned 16 credentials and 30 job placements during this period.