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There are two types of hunger: starvation and malnutrition. Starvation occurs when the body does not receive enough calories to maintain itself. Relatively few people actually die of starvation in the United States. Malnutrition is more common in the United States and it occurs when an individual gets enough calories, but his or her diet is limited to just three or four foods.
Malnutrition perpetuates a cycle of poverty because a person who is malnourished doesn't receive all of the vitamins and minerals needed for proper physical and mental development and maintenance. These nutritional deficiencies eventually lead to much larger and more expensive health issues: diabetes, heart disease, poor vision, obesity, skin diseases, and more. Nutritional deficiencies also lead to a poor ability to learn in school, and little energy or motivation to handle the responsibilities of life such as work, children, family, and more.
There is no reason for anyone to go hungry or to be malnourished in southwest Kansas. The resources below provide direction for (1) immediate and (2) extended food assistance.
1. For Immediate Food Assistance:.
Dodge City, Ford County KS
Friendship Feast, First Presbyterian Church, 803 Central, provides a cooked meal on weekdays (Monday - Friday) over the lunch hour from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Manna House, 1012 1st Avenue, (620) 227-6707, works with Kansas Food Bank to distribute food on Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Clients receive whatever is available at the time (canned goods, fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, etc.)
Salvation Army, 1100 Ave E, 620-225-4871, Provides food all day on Monday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Wednesday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
United Methodist Mexican American Ministries, 1700 Ave F, 620-225-0625, Provides food and clothing on Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ellinwood, Barton County KS
Immanuel United Church of Christ, 701 N Fritz. Call Karen Schmidt at 620-564-3044. Open on Mondays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Garden City, Finney County KS
Emmaus House, 802 N 5th St (620-275-2008) Hands out free food on Wed and Friday from 9:30-11:00 am and 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Mexican American Ministries, 712 St John (620-275-1766) Hands out food on the 3rd Thursday of the Month.
Salvation Army, 216 N 9th Street (620-276-4027) - Hands on Commodities.
Great Bend, Barton County KS
The Community Food Bank of Barton County, 3007 10th St, (620-792-4001) is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to distribute food for Barton County residents of at least 4 weeks who are experiencing a temporary emergency or crisis situation, or transients moving through the community who find themselves in an emergency situation. Clients are limited to three times a year with a time span of 2 weeks in between.
The Hungry Heart Soup Kitchen, 1515 Williams, PO Box 844 (620-793-9880) provides free lunches daily, Monday through Friday from 11:45 to 12:45 pm, and free groceries as the need warrants.
Kansas Food 4 Life, 4 Nw 25 Rd, (620-793-7100) is a once a month food program located in town across from Cox Communications on N. Washington St.
Hoisington, Barton County, KS
First United Methodist Church, 3rd and Clay (620-653-2119) - Visit from 2-4 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month, and from 4-6 p.m. on the 4th Monday of the month. Use the East parking lot.
Larned, Pawnee County, KS
Helping Hands Food Pantry, 200 Sycamore (Call Jason Toll at 620-285-8430).
The Pawnee County Food Pantry, 501 Main Street (Call Linda Wyman at 620-285-3449) - Open Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Macksville, Stafford County, KS
Christian Church, 234 N. Sheaffer Ave., Contact Derek Brown at 620-348-3205.
Pratt, Pratt County KS Christian Food Bank, 111 W 4th St, (620) 672-5150. Open on Monday 7-9 pm; Wednesday 9:30-11:30 am; Thursday 7-8 pm; and Friday 10 am to noon.
First Christian Church Clothing Room, 123 N. Ninnescah St. Open Monday-Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm, and Thursday evenings from 5-7 pm.
Episcopal Church Non-Edible Items, 218 N. Main St, 620-672-2308. Provides toiletries, laundry supplies, etc.
Stafford First United Methodist Church, 218 W Stafford St (Call Larry Caley at 620-234-5107, or 620-234-5668), Provides food, toilet paper and laundry soap for residents of the St John and Hudson area.
Syracuse, Hamilton County KS
Hamilton County Food Pantry, 504 Hamilton St, (620) 384-754
2. For Extended Food Assistance:
The food assistance program in Kansas is about much more than just providing food.
The Kansas Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)provides free food, nutrition counseling, and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge in order to keep low-Income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, new moms, and infants and children under the age 5 healthy. WIC also offers immunization screening and referral, breastfeeding support, and nutrition and health classes on a variety of topics including meal planning, maintaining a healthy weight, picky eaters, caring for a new baby, shopping on a budget and more. To apply for WIC, contact a Health Department near you.
Prairie Land Foodis a program that was designed around the idea of giving a helping hand to people in your community in return for a nutritious grocery package at a low cost, helping to stretch your food dollar. For example, the Prairie Pak includes a wide assortment of frozen meats, and a variety of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables – just like you see in major grocery stores, and at a savings of up to 50% off retail prices! Additional packages, including meat packages and specialty packages are also available. You can pay for your purchases with cash, SNAP (food stamps) or online with a bank draft or debit or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Volunteer hours eliminate the need to pay sales tax on the food. Prairie Land Food doesn't require a specific amount of time to volunteer; they just ask that the volunteer portion of the receipt is completed with something you have done to help someone else, no matter how long or short the time spent doing it. Prairie Land Food has been in business since 2006, and they operate in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.For more information, or to order, click here. You may also call Pat McClary at 620-793-8510, or Delora Baldwin at 620-793-3423.
If you would like more information about food assistance, please call any of the three offices listed below.