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
- Food Pantry
- Senior Commodities
- Community Garden and Orchard
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.
The Cross-Lines Food Pantry provides approximately three days of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, and frozen ground beef or turkey to families. 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.
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. To learn more about coordinating your own food drive, check out our needs list and contact us to get started.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.