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Hunger Relief Program

Our Programs

Cross-Lines' Hunger Relief Program strives to alleviate hunger by providing nutritious foods for those in need. Cross-Lines has the following hunger relief services:

  • Community Kitchen 
  • Community Market 
  • Senior Commodities 
  • Community Garden and Orchard
Community Kitchen

We serve breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, at the Don Bakely Community Annex located on the Cross-Lines campus at 646 S. 7th Street Trafficway. Due to COVID-19, all meals are served via a Plexiglas window on the west side of the building. We also provide sack lunches to individuals on their way to work and emergency shower and laundry services.

The Cross-Lines Community Kitchen offers a warm, fresh meal to anyone who needs it. During the summer, the kitchen serves a large number of children and families who need meals when school is not in session. We serve approximately 150 people for lunch every day.

Cross-Lines' goal is to provide fresh fruit and vegetables at each meal. The Cross-Lines Community Kitchen relies heavily on church groups, businesses, and organizations to help us prepare and serve meals. Learn more about volunteer opportunities for the kitchen.

Community Market

Cross-Lines offers clients a more dignified experience by providing a grocery-store like experience where they can choose the foods most appropriate for their family. The market is a bright, cheery space with lime green walls, large wall decals of fresh vegetables with bright windows and well-stocked and organized shelves. Shoppers are greeted at a welcome desk before getting their cart and beginning their trip up and down the wide aisles.

Like any typical grocery store, baskets near the front of the Community Market hold a wide variety of fresh produce such as ears of corn, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, potatoes and cilantro. Aisles are neatly stocked with canned goods, peanut butter and dried beans. Large refrigerators hold meat, milk, butter and eggs. There are full-size toiletry necessities such as shampoo, soap, toothpastes, toothbrushes and deodorant. The market also has cleaning supplies, paper towels, diapers and toilet paper.

Inclusiveness & Choice

The Community Market is a deliberate shift away from a traditional food pantry to a more inclusive, respectful program where clients are shoppers empowered to choose the items they need most. Shoppers can come once a month and use points that based on their household size. The points allow shoppers to get enough food for approximately 10 meals. For example, a household of 1-2 has 30 points and can get two full plastic bags of fresh produce as well as other items including meat, eggs, butter and canned goods. The Market also offers items relevant to a person’s culture. For instance, the market carries Hispanic food items like mole, beans, and tajin seasoning.

The families we serve often struggle to put food on the table between paychecks or when an unexpected emergency arises. Due to a rise in demand, this program currently serves Wyandotte County ONLY. 

The Community Market is supported by food and monetary donations from local businesses, churches, civic groups, and individuals. To learn more about coordinating your own food drive, check out our needs list and contact us to get started.

Senior Commodities

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a U.S.D.A food program for low-income seniors (ages 60+). We serve seniors in Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Johnson, Brown, Atchison, and Doniphan counties. Seniors in the program receive a box of shelf-stable food each month which may include items such as: beans, canned fruit, nonfat dry milk, and cereal.

In each box, seniors will also receive a monthly newsletter filled with health and nutrition information related to what food they received. CSFP relies on dedicated groups of volunteers to assemble and deliver the boxes to 1,300+ seniors living throughout the community. Learn more about volunteering in our Food Distribution Building here.

This program is monitored by an institution that is an equal opportunity provider.

Contact Sarah Kaldenberg (Commodities & Garden Manager) to find out how to get signed up at 913-433-2270 (Extension 101) or sarahk@cross-lines.org.

Community Garden and Orchard

The Cross-Lines Community Garden and Orchard is located on a quarter acre lot in the heart of our campus. It includes eleven raised beds that are maintained and harvested by members of the community and over 21,000 square feet of ground plots. It is a Community Partner Garden in collaboration with Kansas City Community Gardens.

Each year, the garden harvests more than 2,000 pounds of produce. The produce is distributed through the Food Pantry and the Community Kitchen.

In 2013, Cross-Lines partnered with The Giving Grove to plant a fifteen tree orchard which includes: Apples, Asian Pears, and European Pears.

The garden is essential to increasing access to healthy and nutritious foods in our community. Volunteer opportunities are available during the growing season.

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