Young hispanic boy eating - Project Topeka Community Food Drive

30 Years of Helping to Feed the Hungry in Shawnee County

Since 1986, Project Topeka has been helping to combat hunger in Shawnee County. During 2016, we are celebrating our 30th year. It all started in 1986 with a group of people realizing the need to restock local food pantries after the holidays. Today, Project Topeka has grown into a 501(c)3 organization that continues to support 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. As an all volunteer organization, 100% of your donation will be used for food purchases and 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 celebrating our 30th year and make a donation to Project Topeka today. For more information about Project Topeka, please contact us.

Young girl eating strawberry - Project Topeka Community Food Drive

Where does your donation go?

When you donate to Project Topeka, where does your monetary or food donation 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, 100% of your donation will go to these organizations. Because Project Topeka is an all-volunteer organization, no money is used for payroll, etc. and 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.

Young black baby eating apple slice - Project Topeka Community Food Drive

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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TARC Winter Wonderland Walk Through Night

Winter Wonderland


Project Topeka has been helping the food insecure in Shawnee County for 30 years.

TARC's Winter Wonderland suggested donation per person for the walk through is $1 with a canned food item.

Join us!

For more info: TARC Winter Wonderland Walk Through Night

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