More than a thousand people visit Fellowship and Faith Ministry in Topeka each month to get food they need for their families.
Tricia Whitehead had to figure out how to provide for her kids after she lost her job.
“I still needed to feed my kids, and at the time I wasn’t getting any assistance,” she said.
She went to Fellowship and Faith Ministry’s food pantry for help. The ministry’s administrator Adrienne Martinez said as a ministry of the United Methodist Church, they try to serve everyone who comes to them in need.
“Our motto is always open heart, open doors, open mind,” Martinez said.
She said it’s important to meet people’s needs, because everybody needs help sooner or later.
“If people just stop and think, they’ll remember the time that they fell and that they had somebody that helped them,” Martinez said.
The food pantry isn’t the only thing they do. They also offer free classes for adults like english, GED, and adult reading classes. Martinez said they offer translation services for people who don’t speak english and need help reading their bills, leases or other important documents.
The organization also gives families Christmas gifts through United Way’s Christmas Bureau. They gave away a total of 433 gifts to 40 families this past Christmas.
Whitehead has been volunteering at the ministry as a way to give back after it helped her through a rough patch. She said it’s a good place to turn to when you could use a helping hand.
“If you have an issue, Miss Adrienne can help you,” she said.
Fellowship and Faith Ministry is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The address is 708 SE Lime St. You can call them at (785) 354-7262.
Martinez said they can always use canned food donations and cash donations.