The Free Fruit and Vegetable Food Pantry is open most Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, while supplies last in the Western Parking Lot (enter corner of 4th Street and Clay Avenue). Closed near national holidays, such as New Year’s Day, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call the Church Office at (785) 233-4241 for holiday and weather-related closures. The Church reserves the right to change or cancel the program as needed during an emergency.
IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED EVERY VISIT: Clients must provide a current, valid government-issued PHOTO I.D. with a current address (including apartment number, if applicable) printed on the document. Clients without identification will not be served without prior permission from the Program Supervisor. Homeless persons must register under the last address used to receive US mail.
DISTRIBUTION LINE – Line-Up on 4th STREET ONLY. Do NOT use Fillmore, Western, or any side street. Be a good citizen and neighbor! Do NOT cut into the line or jump places. Enter Western PARKING LOT from 4th and CLAY Streets. Do not park or exit your vehicle. Violators will be warned and required to return to the end of the line. Repeat offenders will be banned from the program.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) MOBILE SITE: The Fruit & Vegetable Food Pantry will operate as a MOBILE FOOD PANTRY beginning March 2020 until further notice. The Shawnee County Health Department instructs all “residents to maintain social distancing, practice good hygiene, remain home when sick, follow isolation and quarantine orders issued by state or local health officers, use cloth face masks when leaving their homes, and continue to clean and disinfect surfaces.” See the Shawnee County Health Department website for the most updated information.
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
- CONDUCT – The Food Pantry reserves the right to refuse service to clients who violate the community rules for good conduct (e.g., cutting line, lying, making threats, cursing or using foul language, etc.).
- DISTRIBUTION – Food distributed freely on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
- DISTRIBUTION LINE – Line-Up on 4th STREET ONLY – Do NOT use Fillmore, Western, or any side street. Be a good neighbor! Do not cut or jump the line. Enter western PARKING LOT from 4th and CLAY Streets. Do not park or exit your vehicle.
- HEBDOMADAL – Clients are limited to receive one distribution per week.
- HOUSEHOLDS – One household per address or property printed on government-issued identification. All individuals, regardless of age or familial relationship, residing at a single address or property are considered one household, unless the property is subdivided (e.g., multi-family structure) by the owner as reported to the City of Topeka.
- IDENTIFICATION – Clients MUST provide a PHOTO I.D. with their current address (including apartment number, if applicable) for identification every visit. If the address is incorrect, the client must provide a piece of US Postal Mail with the name and current address. Clients without identification must see the Program Supervisor.
- PRESENCE – Clients must be present to receive food.
- RESIDENCY – Clients must reside in the Topeka area (zip code 66601-66619) with the intent to make the City of Topeka their permanent home.
- REGISTER – Clients must report the number of residents in the household, regardless of age or familial relationships, on the form provided by Harvesters Community Food Network.
- WEATHER – The Food Pantry may be canceled, postponed, relocated, and/or rescheduled in response to inclement weather and/or emergencies without prior notification or publication. Call the Church Office at (785) 233-4241 for holiday and weather-related closures.
- UPDATED – The eligibility requirements, policies, and programs may be changed, modified, updated, and/or canceled at any time without prior notification or publication.
*All food is available at no cost.
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY – The Church respect and honors all people, regardless of age, color, creed, ethnicity, gender expression, marital status, military obligations, national origin (ancestry), physical appearance (height, weight, etc.), physical or mental ability (handicap), race, religion (or no religious beliefs), sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Church does not discriminate in the distribution of goods and social services. If you believe you have experienced discrimination, speak with a program supervisor, or call the Minister at (785) 233-4241.