Help House can now assist with SNAP signup

By Raylene Quaney

Anyone living in Osage County that would like assistance in applying for SNAP benefits will soon be able come to Help House to complete the application process. Ten volunteers have completed the training with Harvesters to be available to offer this assistance. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that has been known as food stamps. Our goal is to begin assisting with the applications by Sept. 10, 2018. If you would like more information on this service and application process, call Help House at 785-828-3444.

The next “Good Sense” budget class will be held 4-10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. It will be a one-day class. Participants must call to register and stop by and pick up pre-course work. Participants are to bring a snack for supper if desired and a beverage. The class is free and once completed the participant is eligible to receive assistance with heating or cooling bills, including electric, gas, propane, or solid fuel (wood).

Mobile food pantry dates: Carbondale is 12-1 p.m. the second Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship; Osage City  10-11 a.m. on the third Thursday, Sept. 20, at Osage City Community Center; Melvern, 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the third Thursday, Sept. 20, at Melvern Community Center; Burlingame, 10-11 a.m. third Thursday, Sept. 20,  Burlingame Federated Church; Lyndon, 12-1 p.m. on the third Friday, Sept. 21, at Jones Park on East Sixth Street. If participants can be in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time, they will be in the counted numbers when it is decided how much of each item each family will receive.  

Once again, Help House’s main fundraisers of the year that help support the food pantry were the silent auctions held during the Melvern and Overbrook fairs. The total raised this year was$2,998. In addition to that we have also raised $7,811 of the $15,000 needed for the parking lot project.

The services provided during July show a total of 241 households served and included 639 individuals. The Summer Fan Club has given out 25 fans, and school supplies were distributed for 103 children.

A reminder, Help House is open every 4-7 p.m. Monday evening for all services. Tuesday through Friday, the hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please do not drop off donated items and leave them outside. Help House has a shed that is available for dropping off items. Anyone donating food items is asked to do so during hours that Help House is open, and to not leave food donations in the shed.

Contact Help House

For more information about Help House’s services, call 785-828-4888, email [email protected], stop by 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan., or like Osage County Help House on Facebook.

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