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32 Years of Helping to Feed the Hungry in Shawnee County

Since 1986, Project Topeka has been helping to combat hunger in Shawnee County. It all started in 1986 with a group of people realizing the need to restock local food pantries after the holidays. Today, Project Topeka, a 501(c)3 organization,supports seven local food banks throughout the year.

To help us continue our mission, we ask you to make a monetary or food donation to Project Topeka. We are an all volunteer organization, so none of your donation goes to staff salaries and all donations of food and money stay right here in Shawnee County. No other organization in Shawnee County can provide the same impact with your donation as Project Topeka. Also, your donation may also be tax deductible.

So please join us in Fighting Hunger Every day by making a donation to Project Topeka.

Young girl eating strawberry - Project Topeka Community Food Drive

Where does your donation go?

Where does your monetary or food donation to Project Topeka go? First, your donation is used to provide food for the hungry in the local community. Project Topeka supports seven local agencies: Doorstep, Inc., Fellowship & Faith Ministries, Inc., I-Care Inc., Let’s Help, The Salvation Army, Topeka North Outreach, and The Topeka Rescue Mission. Your donation will help each of these organizations feed the hungry in Topeka and Shawnee County.

Second, because Project Topeka is an all-volunteer organization, no money is used for salaries so your donation is used specifically to help these organizations provide food assistance.

Finally, by supporting Project Topeka, you are helping those in the most need in your community. Hunger is a growing issue Topeka with many people being forced to choose between buying food or paying for utilities, medicine, housing, etc. Your donation helps by providing them with the food they need and provide them with a hand up in their everyday lives.

Make a donation today and help Project Topeka combat hunger. For more information, please contact us.

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Childhood poverty

Children under age five experience the highest rate of poverty for any age group, with 17% living below the poverty line.

Our highest rate of poverty is experienced by single mothers with children under the age of 5 (43%) followed by single mothers who have children under 5 and children from 5 to 17 (39%). The lowest poverty rate is reported for married couple families with children 5 to 17 (2%).

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Who We Help Every Day

According to information provided by Topeka MAACLink, 57% of our food recipients are Caucasion, 24% African American, 16% Hispanic and 4% Native American. 47% of those served are children or elderly.

The working poor are the largest group of families (41%) receiving emergency food assistance.

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Fun Food Fridays!

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Did you know that a variety of studies published in leading journals have found that children who go to school hungry have lower academic performance, lower attendance rates and more behavior issues than other students? It's true, and that is why Project Topeka is proud to bring Fun Food Fridays to Randolph Elementary! Each friday during the 2018-2019 school year, every student will receive a fun food friday bag to take home. It's our hope that the fun food friday bags will help students return from the weekend break ready to learn and pic up where they left off the friday before. 

We want to expand this program to additional Topeka schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact Dan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your company or organization would like to find out more on how to support.


Project Topeka Affiliated Food Banks

Doorstep, Inc.  •  Fellowship & Faith Ministries, Inc.  •  I-Care, Inc.  •  Let's Help
The Salvation Army  •  Topeka North Outreach  •  Topeka Rescue Mission