Help House News: Jerry’s makes it easy to help your Osage County neighbors

By Raylene Quaney

Beginning Aug. 1, Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City, will be participating in an ongoing fundraising effort for the Help House food pantry. We are very grateful to the Giesy family and Jerry’s Thriftway for helping us with this campaign. Help House serves over 200 households a month and our budget is being stretched thin, so we hope when you shop for yourself you might spare a little and share with others in need. You will see at the register a card that will read: “You may now make a donation to Help House for the Food Pantry by asking the clerk to add either $1 or $5 to the total of your bill.” It is that easy and we thank everyone for your continued support and donations.

Help House’s year to date total of households served through the food pantry as of July 9, 2019, was 1,234. This number continues to grow weekly and monthly. The needs of those we serve throughout Osage County are evident in those numbers.

We do receive non-corporate donations (in kind) of food and non-food items from churches, other civic and school groups, and individuals, and they are a great help. In May we had 707 food items and 879 non-food items, and in June 385 food items and 340 non-food items.

Mobile food pantries

Mobile food pantry dates:

  • Carbondale, 12 p.m. second Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship.
  • Melvern, 12:30 p.m. third Thursday,  Aug. 15 at Melvern Community Center.
  • Burlingame, 10 a.m. third Thursday, Aug. 15, Burlingame Federated Church.
  • Lyndon, 12 p.m. third Friday, Aug. 16, at Jones Park on East Sixth Street.

If participating in the mobile pantry, please be in line 15-20 minutes before starting time to be counted for determining how much of each item each family will receive. Help House sponsors the Lyndon and Carbondale mobile pantries.

Volunteers provide SNAP assistance

Help House Volunteers are available to provide assistance for applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Applicants need proof of identification, Social Security information for each member of the household, income verification each member of the household (a most recent bank statement will be copied and sent in with application), and any owned vehicle information. If 60 or older or disabled, information is needed about medical expenses, health insurance, Medicare premiums, prescription costs, or bills you are paying on. Call Help House at 785-828-4888 to make an appointment to be scheduled between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Allow at least one hour for the application process.

Summer Fan Club

We still have several families in need so if you have a used fan in good condition or would like to purchase a fan to be given away. You may drop them off during our regular hours. If you would like to make a cash donation to purchase fans, checks may be made out to Help House and sent to Help House, PO Box 356, Lyndon, KS 66451. Make a note in the memo section “Fan Club”.

Budget class helps with winter utilities

The next Good Sense Budget Class will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, August 12. Participants must stop by Help House to pick up the pre-course work and register for the class and to get additional information. Once a participant has completed the class they are eligible for utility assistance for either electric, gas, propane or wood for winter heat.

Raffle drawing at Overbrook fair

Raffle tickets are still available for a beautiful 58 inch by 32 inch hand crocheted flag made and donated by Peggy Kampsen. Peggy is the wife of one of our volunteers, Ray Kampsen.  Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5. The drawing will be held Aug. 10 during the Overbrook Osage County Fair at the Help House Silent Auction.

Non-helpfulness

Due to continued vandalizing of our donation shed we have been forced to lock this shed overnight. We are sorry for the inconvenience this creates for those wishing to drop off donations after hours. The actions of a few affect everyone.

The Help House mission is to provide emergency assistance for the basic needs of individuals and families in Osage County, Kansas.

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

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