Community Food Ministry

Turkey holiday distribution 2021

Needing Assistance:  Monday 11/22; Tuesday 11/23; Wednesday 11/24 the Food Ministry will be open to give out Holiday Turkey boxes at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Requirements for Assistance from Open Door:

  • Must have ID for all members of the household.
  • Proof of address (utility bill, other bill, lease agreement).
  • Verification of all income for the household.  Must be at 130% of poverty level. For example, a family of four would qualify with a gross monthly income of $2,870.00, or have special circumstances such as high medical expenses, layoff or furloughed.
  • Pick up via drive-thru at the Community Food Ministry location: 2130 E. 21st N. Wichita, KS 67214

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 23,024 boxes of food were served in 2019.

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.


Individuals and families must qualify at 130% of the federal poverty level, based on the Monthly Income Guidelines – use the link 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   

2020 Income Guidelines for website

 This institution is an equal opportunity provider

Community Food Ministry
Mailing Address
United Methodist Open Door, Inc. P.O. Box 2756
2130 E. 21st St. N., Wichita, KS 67214 Wichita, KS 67201-2756

LouAnn Androes, Community Services Division director
Phone: 316.267.4201
FAX: 316.264.6604

Business hours: Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. -11:45  LUNCH BREAK 1 p.m. -3:45 p.m.