Food Pantry


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 the 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. Food Pantry will be closed on the fifth Wednesday of the Month (no food deliveries) and on certain holidays, such as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday through New Year’s Day.

*All food is available at no cost.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 @ 3:30-5:30 pm – CLOSED – No Food Delivered on the 5th Wednesday of a Month

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 @ 3:30-5:30 pm – OPEN

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 3:30-5:30 pm – OPEN

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 3:30-5:30 pm – OPEN

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 @ 3:30-5:30 pm – OPEN

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 @ 3:30-5:30 pm – OPEN

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 @ 3:30-5:30 pm – OPEN

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 3:30-5:30 pm – OPEN

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 3:30-5:30 pm – OPEN


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 must have prior permission from the Program Supervisor. Homeless persons are welcome but must register under the last address used to receive US mail.

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 Get Vaccinated and Boosted (find a vaccine near you, visit www.vaccines.gov); Wear a Mask; Get Tested; Stay Home when Sick, and Practice Social Distance. When in public settings, stay at least 6 feet from other people, especially if you are at higher risk of getting sick. Find accurate and up-to-date information at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Shawnee County Health Department websites.

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.

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
  • 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. In emergency situtations, clients may pick-up food for a disabled family member or neighbor (a maximum two families) ONLY if the client has prior written permisison and shows proper PHOTO ID for all clients.
  • 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.
  • WEEKLY (HEBDOMADAL) – Clients are limited to receive one distribution per week.
  • 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.


FOOD PANTRY YEARLY IMPACT REPORT: The Free Fruit & Vegetable Food Pantry partners with Harvesters Community Food Network to “feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.” Together, we have freely served:

TOTAL AGENCY DISTRIBUTION TOTAL NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS SERVED
2019
2020
2021
2,424
4,356
5,608
*All food is available for free

FRUIT & VEGETABLE FOOD PANTRY TOTAL SERVED IN 2021
Total Households Served5,608
Total Individuals Served21,414
Adults9,149
Children8,045
Seniors4,220
Total Pounds Distributed214,768
Total Meals Distributed (1 meal = 1.2 pounds)178,973
Total Value of Food Distributed ($1.79 pound)$384,434.10
The value of food is determined by Feeding America based on the average wholesale value of food acquired from all sources.
For 2021, the value was $1.79/pound.

This means the average family of four in Shawnee County who regularly came to the Fruit & Vegetable Food Pantry received thirty-eight pounds of free food in 2021. The Food Pantry will be open on Wednesdays in March, April, and May 2022.

Updated: March 23, 2022