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ECKAN offers grants for dental services

East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN) received Community Services Block Grant discretionary funds in the amount of $78,768 from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation. The money will be used to provide low-income people throughout the ECKAN service area access to oral health care services as well as education to improve nutrition practices.

Dental clinics will be arranged to provide screenings. Clients will be referred from the clinics to surrounding providers for treatment. Grant funds will be used to pay for treatment and mileage to access the services.

Part of the funds will also be used to provide nutrition education in each of the counties served. As part of the learning and evaluation process, participants will be provided a $25 grocery voucher for attending nutrition classes and another $50 voucher if they choose to participate in a follow up activity to evaluate what individuals have learned. In addition, there will be seed money for community gardens.

The ECKAN service area includes the counties of Anderson, Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Lyon, Miami, Morris and Osage. People with an income of less than 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for services as follows:

Family Size Monthly Income Limit 3-Month Income Limit
1 $1,197 $3,591
2 $1,616 $4,847
3 $2,034 $6,103
4 $2,453 $7,359
5 $2,872 $8,615
6 $3,290 $9,871
7 $3,709 $11,127
8 $4,128 $12,383

For questions or additional information, individuals in Osage County should contact Kenna Burns, human services coordinator, ECKAN Osage County Community Center, 530 Holliday St., Osage City, KS 66523, 785-528-5184.

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