Help House News: Melvern food pantry reopens; spring garage sale planned

By Raylene Quaney

If anyone is looking for a special dress for graduation, Help House has some out on the rack now. Stop by and check them out before they are all gone.

Budget class openings

The next “Good Sense” budget class will be 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, May  15, 2019, at Help House. Once completed the participant is eligible for assistance with heating and or cooling cost on utilities, gas, electric or wood. This is a one-day class. Call 785-828-4888 for more information and to register

Thank a volunteer

Help House’s annual volunteer training was held Monday, May 29, with 14 volunteers attending. All volunteers are asked to participate in this training. Sharing and learning from each other is a great way to continue to improve our services. Thank you to everyone for your participation.

Mobile pantries

Mobile food pantry dates:

  • Carbondale – Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship on the second Tuesday, 12 p.m. May 14.
  • Osage City – Osage City Community Building, third Thursday, 10-11 a.m. May 16.
  • Melvern – Melvern mobile pantry is back open and will be 12:30 p.m. May 16, at the Melvern Community Center.
  • Burlingame – Burlingame Federated Church on the third Thursday, 10 a.m. May 16.
  • Lyndon – Jones Park on East Sixth Street, third Friday, 12 p.m. May 17.

Participants in the mobile pantry are asked to be in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time to be included in the count to determine quantities of items each family will receive. Help House sponsors the Lyndon and Carbondale mobile pantries.

Farmers or individuals wishing to donate farm raised beef, pork or chicken: All donations must be processed and packaged in a plant that has been USDA inspected, and packaging must have the USDA seal. Any donations such as this are a great help, as we do not have to purchase these items to provide the protein that is such an important part of a good diet. Donors can also make cash donations designated for the purchase of meat for the pantry instead.

SNAP assistance offered

Help House volunteers are available to provide assistance if you would like to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Participants need proof of identification, Social Security information for each member of the household, income verification each member of the household (most recent bank statement will be copied and submitted with application), and any owned vehicle information. If 60 or older or disabled, needed information includes medical expenses, health insurance and Medicare premiums, and prescription costs or bills you are paying on. For more information or to make an appointment, call Help House at 785-828-4888.

Help someone stay cool

Summer Fan Club will begin signup and give away on June 1. Help House is accepting donations of new or gently used fans to be distributed to those who are in need of relief from the heat later this summer. Please do not leave donations in the shed, but bring them into the building during regular business hours.

Rodeo time

Help House will have a booth at the Burlingame Rodeo Days on Saturday, May 18. Stop by to see us, we would love to visit with you and answer any questions you might have about Help House or our services.

Garage sale

Help House continues to raise funds to resurface its parking lot. There will be a huge garage sale on the front patio on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15. This is the weekend of the Lyndon United Methodist Church 8th Annual Get Rev’d Up All Motor Show, so be sure to stop by and see us while you are in town. We will have a lot of new and unique items for sale.

Closed: Help House will be closed on Memorial Day.

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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