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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Feed the Need collects almost 145 tons in food donations
September 6, 2018

Johnson County’s 2018 Feed the Need campaign is providing almost 145 tons in food donations and cash to benefit seven local food pantries.

Results of the Feed the Need campaign were announced Thursday, Sept. 6, to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) by Ellen Wernicke, director of the county’s Department of Emergency Management and Communications and chair of the 2018 campaign. The announcement coincides with September being Hunger Action Month, locally and nationally.

The 2018 campaign collected 289,765 pounds of food, both in actual food donations and cash totaling $71,620. A dollar donation represents four pounds of food. Each of the food pantries benefitting from Feed the Need received $7,162 for use in providing food supplies to eligible Johnson County residents.

Three of the food panties are in multi-service centers at Mission, Lenexa and Gardner operated by the Department of Human Services. The Feed the Need campaign also assists food pantries operated by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Shawnee Community Services, First Christian Church of Olathe and Salvation Army.

More information is available at http://jocogov.org/press-release/johnson-county-government-collects-nearly-145-tons-food-area-food-pantries.

Human Services posts '12 most wanted foods'
September 5, 2018

This week, the Johnson County Human Services Department (HSD) launched a 12 Most Wanted Food Drive to inspire community members to help their neighbors through hosting their own food drives. On the first day of the campaign, one resident dropped off 300 pounds of food for the food pantries.

There are one dozen most desirable foods that provide the fundamentals for family meals:

  1. Helper meals
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Cereal
  4. Peanut butter
  5. Jelly
  6. Canned fruit
  7. Canned vegetables
  8. Beans
  9. Soup
  10. Pasta sauce
  11. Canned pasta
  12. Canned chicken/tuna

Residents are encouraged to host their own food drive to help collect these types of food items. Students can earn service hours by hosting a food drive; every 50 items earns five service hours. HSD provides tips for a successful food drive on its Facebook page. Donations can be dropped off at the Olathe office, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. No appointment is needed.

Johnson County Human Services
11811 S Sunset Drive Suite 1300
Olathe, Kansas 66061

Health Assessment Surveyors Coming to Neighborhoods
August 31, 2018

Help us build a healthier Johnson County!

Volunteers will visit random pre-selected Johnson County neighborhoods on Saturday, Sept. 8, to conduct a community health assessment survey.

The purpose of the survey is to collect resident opinions to better understand health needs of county residents. This important information will greatly assist with guiding health priorities in the county.

How can you help?

Volunteers will approach in pairs, wearing grey t-shirts and name tags that identify them as part of the community health assessment team. When they come to your door, simply participate in the 10-minute survey by sharing your thoughts about the health needs of the community. The information collected will not include your name and address.

Thank you for helping to achieve a healthier Johnson County!

County offices closed Monday, Sept. 3
August 31, 2018

Johnson County Government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will reopen for normal operations Tuesday, Sept. 4.

In addition, all branches of Johnson County Library will be closed Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3 for the holiday. The eLibrary will be available online.

Johnson County Park & Recreation District offices will also be closed Monday, Sept. 3, for the holiday. Visit the Park & Recreation District website for park hours and more information.


September is National Preparedness Month
August 30, 2018

This September, National Preparedness Month focuses on planning under the theme — “Prepare Now. Learn How”

As recent severe weather and other events have affected people in Johnson County and communities across the U.S., we can all take appropriate actions to prepare. It’s imperative that you, your family and others know how to respond when an emergency or disaster strikes.

Several local and federal preparedness resources are available to our Johnson County residents:

  • NotifyJoCo: Sign up online to the local mass communication system designed to keep county residents, businesses and others informed of emergencies, including weather, water main issues, public safety alerts and more.
  • JoCo72: A basic rule of thumb is for people to be able to take care of each other for 72 hours before help arrives. Visit joco72.org for information about staying connected, gathering supplies and making an emergency plan in advance of a disaster.
  • PrepareMetroKC: Know the Risks. Make a Plan. Get a Kit. Stay Informed. Disasters like floods, tornadoes, fires and winter storms can overwhelm a community very quickly. Planning ahead can help you and your family recover more quickly should disaster strike.
  • Ready.gov: National website that encourages you to be informed, plan ahead and take action, providing resources to support these activities.
Veterans Treatment Court has four new graduates
September 4, 2018

On Aug. 29, a packed courtroom celebrated four more graduates of the Veterans Treatment Court. This marked the Johnson County District Court's sixth graduation in this program. The mission of the VTC is to identify veterans in the criminal justice system and, when eligible, get them into treatment and court supervision as an alternative to incarceration. You can learn more about the program in the video below.

Today's graduation included speeches from Judge Timothy P. McCarthy, who spearheaded the effort to bring VTC to Johnson County, as well as Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss and Major General Clyde J. "Butch" Tate II, a military lawyer who previously served as the 19th Deputy Judge Advocate General of the United States Army. U.S. Senator Jerry Moran delivered the keynote speech.

"The four veterans we honor today are on a path to provide us with leadership," said Senator Moran. "Our country desperately needs you as role models."

The four graduates each appeared in front of the audience with their volunteer mentors. Graduates received a certificate and a program coin, and made brief remarks.