Food Pantries

Boxes of groceries

Johnson County Outreach Services operates food pantries within three of the Multi-Service Center locations. 

Food pantries are located within the North Central (Lenexa), North East (Mission) and Southwest (Gardner) Multi-Service Centers.

Appointments are required to receive food pantry services.

Frequent Questions

What are the qualifications to receive food pantry?

  • Must be a Johnson County resident.
  • Must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines and provide income verification from the previous 30 days. Aging and Human Services utilizes total gross income for the household which includes wages, Social Security, unemployment, TANF and child support.
  • Must provide photo IDs for members 18+ in the household.
  • Must provide Social Security cards for all members of the household.

What does the food pantry provide?

Our food pantries provide shelf stable food items such as canned meat, canned vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, cereal and canned fruit.

The food pantries often receive hygiene donations and when available we may provide toilet paper, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, diapers, feminine hygiene products, etc.

Both food and hygiene items are subject to change. Our food pantries rely heavily on community donations. 

How do I access the food pantry?

All services are provided by appointment only. To see if you qualify and schedule an appointment, please call 913-715-6653. Calls are answered 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

 

How often can I visit the food pantry?

Once qualified residents can visit the food pantry once every 30 days.

What documents do I need to bring to my appointment?

Before your appointment, please gather the following documents. All documents must be provided before we are able to provide you with services. Appointments will be rescheduled if you are unable to produce the needed documentation.

  1. Proof of residency documentation that includes client's name and street address (dated within the last 30 days)
    • Provide one of the following:
      • Current lease that is in the resident's name seeking assistance.
      • Another official correspondence in resident's name seeking assistance - such as government correspondence (example: IRS, DCF or Social Security) 
      • Current utility bill in the resident's name seeking assistance.
  2. Picture ID for adults (18 yrs and older) in Household:
    • Provide one of the following:
      • Driver license or expired driver license if the picture is recognizable. 
      • Passport – current /expired 
      • Military ID with Social Security number on it
      • State ID
      • Corrections ID
      • If a member of the household is 18 years of age and NOT in high school then official picture ID is required
  3. Documentation for each child in the household. 
    • Provide one the following for each child:
      • School registration
      • Vaccination records
      • Tax Returns
      • KanCare or Medicare card
      • Passport
      • Birth Certificate
  4. Proof of income for last 30 days for all adults in household 18 years and older (exception students in high school)
    • Provide all that apply:
      • Paycheck stub – Payments/pay stubs received in the last 30 days.   
      • Social Security Administration (SSA) benefit letter for the current year.
      • Unemployment letter – online Pay Card report
      • DCF cash benefit letter or print out from ebtedge.com
      • Bank statement – Bank statement must be within last 30 days, and can be used for self-employed or pension. All deposits are considered income. Must include client’s name on the bank statement.
      • Proof of child support from KANPAY system or bank statement showing deposits of child support.
      • Cash Payment - If employee is paid cash: copies of the checks or letter from employer stating their income for the last 30 days. The number of hours worked and hourly rate for last 30 days should be included on the letter.
      • Self-Employment – clients can use personal bank statements to verify income.  

Where are Johnson County Multi-Service Center food pantries located?

*Appointments are required to receive services.

How can I donate to the food pantry?

Donations are welcome and always accepted. Please call 913-715-8859 to arrange a donation drop-off. 

 

How can I volunteer for the food pantry?

Currently due to the Covid-19 mitigation plan, only one volunteer is allowed in the food pantry per shift. However, another way to volunteer is to host a food or hygiene drive for the community. Additional information can be provided by calling 913-715-8859

Where are additional food pantries in Johnson County located?

Johnson County has several community food pantries for residents who may need assistance.