Cross-Lines' Hunger Relief Program strives to alleviate hunger by providing nutritious foods for those in need. Cross-Lines has three primary hunger relief services:
- Community Kitchen
- Food Pantry
- Senior Commodities
Each of these programs is supplemented with fresh produce from our Community Garden & Orchard.
The families we serve often struggle to put food on the table between paychecks or when an unexpected emergency arises. The Cross-Lines Food Pantry provides approximately three days of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, and frozen ground beef or turkey to families in Wyandotte, Johnson, and Leavenworth Counties.
We strive to offer healthier options, including low-sodium canned vegetables and soup, whole wheat pasta, and low-sugar cereals.
The Food Pantry is supported by food and monetary donations from local businesses, churches, civic groups, and individuals. If your business, church or organization would like to conduct a food drive, please contact us for a list of our most urgently needed items.
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. We also provide sack lunches to individuals on their way to work.
The Cross-Lines Community Kitchen offers a warm, fresh meal to anyone who needs it. During the summer, the kitchen is filled with many children who need meals when school is not in session. Breakfast is often pancakes or oatmeal with fruit; lunch is anything from taco salad to spaghetti.
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.
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, Johnson and Leavenworth counties. Seniors in the program receive a box of shelf-stable food each month which may include items like: 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.
Contact Sarah Kaldenberg (Commodities Manager) to find out how to get signed up at 913-433-2270 x101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Garden and Orchard
The Cross-Lines Community Garden and Orchard is located on a quarter acre lot on the Cross-Lines campus. It includes eleven raised beds and over 21,000 square feet of in-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.
Cross-Lines has raised bed gardens that are maintained and harvested by members of the community. The garden is essential to increasing access to healthy and nutritious foods in our community.