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BABY CLOSET – The Baby Closet is a community service program operated by volunteers to help children and families in need.  New Extended hours of operation will begin on Monday, March 15, 2021:

  • Mondays | 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Wednesdays | 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Thursdays | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Parents and legal guardians of children age newborn to five years may receive help with a designated number of items each month, which includes clothes, diapers, disposable wipes, formula, and miscellaneous household items such as high chairs, strollers, and other necessities.  Some limitations and restrictions apply. 

COVID PRECAUTIONS and restrictions will be observed to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  All persons must obey the Shawnee County Health Department health orders and restrictions, including wearing a face mask or covering, hand washing, social distancing, and limiting mass gatherings. Clothing selection time will be limited to fifteen minutes per visit.  To finds ways to prevent the spread of COVID 19, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevent website at https://www.cdc.gov.  
 
Questions?  Leave a message on the Baby Closet voicemail at (785) 233-4241, extension 4. 
 
DONATIONS: Monetary donations, clothing, unexpired baby food, formula, and miscellaneous items are welcome from our church families and the community. Several families helped by the Baby Closet have given back to the program to keep the shelves stocked. 

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.

FOOD PANTRY – The Free Fruit and Vegetable Food Pantry is open most Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, while supplies last. Closed near national holidays, such as New Year’s Day, the 4th of July, and Christmas.

IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED EVERY VISIT: Clients must provide a PHOTO I.D. with their current address (including apartment number, if applicable). Clients without identification will not be served without prior permission from the Program Supervisor. Homeless persons must register under the last address used for public mail.

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. Do NOT exit your vehicle. Enter western PARKING LOT from 4th and CLAY Streets. Do not park or exit your vehicle. 

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” (Shawnee County Health Department – https://www.snco.us/hd).

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. 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’s Department of Neighborhood Relations.
  • 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 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.