Johnson County Human Services will host a Virtual Food Drive using an Amazon Wish List through the end of summer, collecting non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for Johnson County residents in need. It’s an effort to stock food pantries’ shelves while keeping residents safe and practicing social distancing guidelines. Since COVID-19 began, Human Services has received an increase in the amount of calls for food pantry assistance.
“Since the pandemic started, we have received a tremendous amount of support from the community asking how they can help their neighbors in need,” said Brandy Hodge, community relations manager. “We decided to host a virtual food drive using our Amazon Wish List to allow residents to shop safely for food pantry and hygiene items to stock our shelves.”
Johnson County’s food pantries are asking for common staple food items such as peanut butter, jelly, canned soup, canned pasta, canned fruit and cereal, and hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
“Johnson County residents who struggle daily to pay their utility bills and put food on the table are fortunate to live in a county which cares about and offers services for those experiencing hardships due to COVID-19,” Hodge said.
The public can order non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products now by visiting their public Amazon Wish List: https://a.co/7Qn5DH0
For more information about how you can assist the Outreach Services, please contact Brandy Hodge, community relations manager, at 913-715-8866 or [email protected].
Johnson County Human Services Outreach Services has four locations: North Central (Lenexa), Northeast (Mission), Southwest (Gardner), and Olathe. Each center provides utility assistance. All centers with the exception of Olathe have food pantries located at their site. Individuals and families that meet low income guidelines (200% or below federal poverty level) qualify to receive services. Appointments are required to receive services.