The Hunger Relief Programs at Cross-Lines provide nourishment and sustenance to our community. Those experiencing poverty have limited access to healthy, nutritious foods. Through the Cross-Lines Hunger Relief Programs, we strive to fill the gap, provide nutritious foods, and alleviate hunger for those in need. Cross-Lines has three primary Hunger Relief Programs: the Food Pantry, the Community Annex Kitchen, and Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Each of these programs is supplemented with fresh produce from our Community Garden.
The families we serve often struggle to put food on the table between paychecks or when an unexpected emergency arises. The Cross-Lines Food Pantry provides approximately 3 days of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, and frozen ground beef or turkey to families in Wyandotte County. 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 business, churches, civic groups, and individuals.
Community Annex Kitchen
At the Don Bakely Community Annex, Cross-Lines serves breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. We also provide sack lunches to individuals on their way to work. The breakfast and lunch program offers a warm, fresh meal to anyone who needs it. During the summer, the kitchen is filled with many children who need meals when school is not in session. Breakfast is often pancakes or oatmeal with fruit; lunch is anything from taco salad to spaghetti. Our goal is to provide fresh fruit and/or vegetables at each meal. The Community Annex Kitchen relies heavily on church groups and organizations to prepare and serve meals.
The CSFP is a USDA food program for seniors living in Wyandotte, Johnson, or Leavenworth Counties. Low-income seniors receive a box of USDA food each month. In addition to this food, Cross-Lines provides a monthly newsletter filled with health and nutrition information. The Commodities Program relies on an army of volunteers to assemble and deliver food boxes to senior living complexes throughout the community.
Cross-Lines Garden and Orchard
The Cross-Lines Community Garden and Orchard is located on a ¼-acre lot on the Cross-Lines Campus. Each year, the garden harvests approximately 5,000 pounds of produce. This produce is given to Food Pantry recipients and served in the Community Annex Kitchen. Produce is often used the day it is harvested in the Community Annex Kitchen. In addition to the food that is served or given away, community members can purchase the garden produce at low-cost. In 2013, Cross-Lines partnered with The Giving Grove to plant a 15-tree orchard. Within a few years, these apple and pear trees will increase our annual harvest to over 50,000 pounds. We also offer raised bed gardens to members of the community who would like to tend their own gardens. Cross-Lines provides the dirt, tools, and seeds. The garden bed ‘owner’ provides the sweat equity, and in return gets all the produce harvested from their bed. The garden is essential to increasing access to nutritious foods in our community. We could not provide this much-needed service without the dedication and hard work of our valuable volunteers.