Community Food Ministry

Food distribution hours: Monday – Friday 9 – 11:45 a.m.; 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

The Community Food Ministry (CFM) is the largest community-wide, food-box program in the area and provides nutritionally balanced, emergency food assistance once per month for individuals and families in need. The food box includes items such as canned fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, macaroni and cheese, soup and bread. A total of 22,559 boxes of food were served in 2016.

Free USDA commodity foods under The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) are also distributed 6 months per year to qualifying families living in Sedgwick County. This free food box provides additional canned vegetables & fruits, juice, meat, cereal, peanut butter, nonfat dry milk, and pasta.

Spanish translation is available, as well as referrals to other Open Door programs and information regarding other helping agencies within the community.

Often the question is asked about the difference between the Kansas Food Bank and us. The Community Food Ministry works closely with the Kansas Food Bank (KFB). The KFB, one our most valuable partners, is a food warehouse and distributes to food pantries in the state, such as Open Door’s Community Food Ministry. The CFM then distributes the foods from KFB, and other sources, directly to individuals and families in need.

Approximately 42% of the food the Community Food Ministry distributes comes from our partnership with the Kansas Food Bank, both through their donated and purchased food programs. The rest comes from monetary and direct in-kind food donations.

Donations of non-perishable canned goods and hygiene items are welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Eligibility 

Individuals and families must qualify at 130% of the federal poverty level, based on the Monthly Income Guidelines table below.

To apply, bring the following information at the time of your visit:

  1. Verification of all household gross monthly income. We will accept the most recent Social Security statement, pay stub/earnings statement or an unemployment letter. If you have special circumstances, such as large recurring medical expenses, it will be considered in meeting income requirements. If you have special circumstances, please call ahead to discuss with the Community Service director, 316.267.4201.
  2. Proof of identity for all members of the household. We accept driver’s license, Kansas ID card, Social Security card, birth certificate, immunization card or a military ID card.
  3. Proof of address. CFM is a residence-based food program. Homeless individuals are referred to Open Door Homeless Resource Center for assistance. We will accept a utility bill or letter that has been mailed to you.

Monthly Income Guidelines

Effective April 1, 2016

HOUSEHOLD SIZE

MAXIMUM MONTHLY GROSS INCOME

1

$1,287

2

$1,736

3

$2,184

4

$2,633

5

$3,081

6

$3,530

7

$3,980

8

$4,430

For each additional member, add:

$ 451

 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Community Food Ministry
Mailing Address
United Methodist Open Door, Inc. P.O. Box 2756
1611 N. Mosley, Wichita, KS 67214 Wichita, KS 67201-2756

Cheryl Stevenson, Community Services Division director
Phone: 316.267.4201
FAX: 316.264.6604

Business hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.