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:
Community Food Ministry
|United Methodist Open Door, Inc.||P.O. Box 2756|
|2130 E. 21st St. N., Wichita, KS 67214||Wichita, KS 67201-2756|
Cheryl Stevenson, Community Services Division director