Food/ Nutrition/ Breastfeeding

Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries

Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries’ Community Care programs provide assistance and services in the five county area for families in emergency situations. Their three Community Care locations – in Wyandotte, Jackson and Clay Counties – feed hungry people, provide articles of clothing, blankets for the cold weather and fans during the summer’s heat.

Community Care assistance touches families by keeping people’s lights on, their houses warm and roofs over their heads, helping families with utility bills and housing bills (rent, deposits, mortgages, etc.)

Beyond emergency assistance, Community Care helps families move into services and programs that address the underlying problems of poverty. Education, counseling and case management help families to break dependency cycles, to manage limited resources and to find their place in the community.

3031 Holmes
Kansas City, MO

1104 NE Vivion Rd
Kansas City, MO 64118

722 Reynolds
Kansas City, KS 66101

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army sponsors the feeding programs detailed below.

Beacon of Hope
Beacon of Hope is a noonday soup kitchen located at the Bellefontaine Corps Community Center, 9th&Bellefontaine. As many as 250 people attend the lunch. Those who came include: many homeless people, young mothers with children, senior citizens and those from the neighborhood who need help stretching their food dollars.

Beacon of Hope
3013-19 E. 9th Street
Kansas City, MO 64124

Honk ‘n Holler
Honk ‘n Holler is an outreach program that travels throughout the community, 2 nights every week, to areas where homeless people are known to be living, bringing: soup, sandwiches and coffee, as well as, blankets, warm clothing and other necessities. The goal is to build a rapport with the homeless community and ultimately connect them with mainstream services that will help move them toward permanent or supportive housing and/or other services needed.

Honk ‘n Holler

Blue Valley’s Community Diner
Each Monday evening, from 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., a community dinner is served to families from around the neighborhood. Many come because they have no food, while others who live alone attend for the fellowship. Whatever the reason, all are welcome!

Blue Valley’s Community Dinner
6618 E. Truman Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64126

The Salvation Army also provides countless other emergency aid services, please visit their website for more details.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program which provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants.

Past experience shows that pregnant women who participate in the WIC Program have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy and eat healthier.

Local WIC Providers are the contact point for receiving WIC services. There are 118 Local WIC Providers located throughout the state where participants are evaluated for nutritional risk and income eligibility.

Find local providers on the website below, or contact WIC

WIC and Nutrition Services
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
573-751-6204 or (toll-free) 1-800-392-8209

Bishop Sullivan Center

Combined, our two food pantries at Bishop Sullivan Center and St. James Place serve 1,200 to 1,400 families each month.

  • Clients receive canned and boxed food, fresh produce, fresh meat and milk when available.
  • The homeless receive a special food package requiring no preparation.
  • We deliver groceries to 100 homebound senior citizens each month.

Bishop Sullivan Center
6435 Truman Road
Kansas City, MO 64126

St. James Place
(our soup kitchen and second food pantry)
3934 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64110

Catholic Charities

Emergency Assistance services are provided throughout the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. In the Kansas City area, emergency assistance is provided through the Catholic Social Ministry Association, a network of 39 Catholic parishes and organizations. Catholic Charities helps to coordinate the association and acquires financial and in-kind resources to be used by association members. Food pantries are funded in part by Catholic Charities through the Bishop’s Emergency Assistance Fund (BEAF) and other grants.

Persons in need of food, rent, utility assistance or other social services in Kansas City will be directed to the United Ways of Greater Kansas City for comprehensive information and referrals to receive assistance. Outside of the immediate Kansas City area, call Catholic Charities by phone or web link listed below.

United Way (see entry)
Simply dial the numbers 2-1-1 on your phone.

Catholic Charities
850 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64105-1704
1-800-875-4377 toll free

City Union Mission

Since 1924, City Union Mission has provided warm beds, nutritious food and a place of safety for thousands of poverty stricken and homeless men, women and children.

The Food Service Department handles purchasing, sorting, and inventory of food and housekeeping supplies. Over 75% of the Mission’s food is donated, so coming up with menus to efficiently utilize these donations is crucial. The Food Service Department distributes food to four kitchens, who turn out an average of 550 meals each day.

City Union Mission
1100 E. 11th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106

Don Bosco Center

The Family Support Center offers emergency assistance with food, clothing and rent/utility aid primarily through a coordination of community services. The Center is a resource for people facing homelessness, child and spousal abuse, job loss and substance addictions. The Center also helps low income seniors bridge their inadequate income through food and clothing banks.

Don Bosco Family Support Center
520 Garfield
Kansas City, MO 64124