We promote community gardening and youth education as a sustainable approach to food security. For 7 years, the Children’s Garden at the FOOD BANK has given students from Cottonwood Elementary School the opportunity to grow their own produce and experience the wonder of nature. From potato harvest to salsa making, students enrolled in the Garden Club learn first-hand the joy of growing one’s own food.
In partnership with North Salina Community Development, K-State Research and Extension, The City of Salina Community Gardens, Master Gardeners, Horticulture Club, and local volunteers, the FOOD BANK is working on renovating the Garden to include new community garden plots and handicapped accessible raised beds. This renovation will do more than provide space for growing healthy food—they will give neighbors a space to connect, share resources, and promote food justice. In addition, the FOOD BANK will have garden materials and tools available for gardeners young and old. For more information about the Garden, please call our Life Skills Coordinator at (785) 827-7111.
We collect plastic and glass containers to use for the break-down of products like laundry soap and dish soap. Donations may be brought to the warehouse during normal operation hours. Please make sure that all containers are clean and have the correct lid.
We work with local grocery stores and farmers, as well as food manufacturers, to source donated food for distribution to people needing food assistance. Eligible clients receive a week’s worth of food (dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables and non-perishable food items as available) free of charge. During normal operations, clients will enter the lobby and take a number. Staff will meet with clients in order of arrival to review financial eligibility and make referrals as necessary. Are you eligible?
We strive to serve everyone in Saline County struggling with hunger. In order to reach all of the county, we need to work closely with partner agencies, including homeless shelters, soup kitchens, churches, senior and youth programs. Agencies get food directly from the FOOD BANK either by placing large scale orders, and/or by helping us distribute highly perishable items through outreach programs. Together, these partnerships are fighting to end hunger in Saline County. For more information about Agency Partnerships, please call us at (785) 827-7111.
Senior Food Boxes
Monday: 1:00–2:45pm & 5:00–6:45pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1:00–2:45pm
Community Garden Project
DUE TO COVID-19, our lobby is closed. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment for Emergency Assistance funds.
We provide food for children who are at risk for hunger over the weekend. Nearly half the students in Saline County qualify for free or reduce priced lunches. However, on Saturday and Sunday those meals are inaccessible which makes these kids even more vulnerable to hunger.
We work with school counselors and teachers throughout the county to identify students who are in great need of food over the weekend. Backpacks with child-friendly food including shelf stable milk, juice, a high protein meal, and three or four snacks are dropped off at schools for children to take home on Friday. If you want more information about the Backpack Program, please call our Life Skills Coordinator at (785) 827-7111.
The Power to Effect Change
We help adults over 60 years of age stay healthy and strong. The USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program give seniors on a fixed income a monthly food box with shelf stable items, diary and produce. The food boxes are distributed through a drive-thru in the FOOD BANK parking lot.
Use the APPLICATION below to get started. For more information about the Senior Food Boxes, please call our Life Skills Coordinator at (785) 827-7111.
DUE TO COVID-19, our lobby is closed and we are assisting clients through the window.
Until further notice, clients only need a Photo ID and proof of address in Saline County (piece of mail, bill, lease, etc) to get food assistance.
Food Bank Distribution
Assistance with prescriptions is available on a limited basis
and only by appointment.
785-827-7111 | 255 S Chicago | Salina
Need pet food? Contact Friends of the Salina Animal Shelter for assistance – (785) 822-2753. Sign ups start at 10am, with distributions every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 4pm. Photo ID and proof of address required.