• Community Food Resources for Families

    Find community health and human services by calling 211. The following are local restaurants and services in Lawrence, Kansas, to aid families seeking food resources. 

    Food Pantry/Food Access

    • Ballard Center Pantry

      Address: 708 Elm St, Lawrence, KS 66044


      • Pantry: temporarily closed- see description for food
      • Donations: Monday - Friday (noon - 1pm)


      • How to Get Food: Email admin@ballardcenter.org for specific requests for food, clothing, diapers, toiletries.
      • Donations: Drop off at 708 Elm St, Lawrence, KS 66044
      • To volunteer: contact evan@ballardcenter.org 

      Catholic Charities

      Address: 1525 W. 6th St, Suite A&B (5th & Minnesota St. by Advantage Car Parts)

      Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (9am-12pm, 1 - 3:30pm)

      Phone: 785-856-2694

      Description: Catholic Charities serves all. Bring ID to pick up a bag of pre-packaged food. If you can’t pick up food, you may designate someone else to receive your food for you. 

      DARE Center Food/Supplies pantry

      Address: 944 Kentucky St, Lawrence, KS 66044

      Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays (11:30 am-2 pm)


      Description: Staff will be at the Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm to distribute toiletries, sleeping bags, other essentials, and information. If necessary, inquiries may be made to the DARE Director, Loring Henderson, at 785-764-2095. 

      Douglas County Fairgrounds - Hosted by Ballard Center Pantry

      Address: 1930 Harper Main Indoor Arena, Lawrence, KS 66044

      Hours: Second & Fourth Tuesday (10 am - Registration begins @ 8:30)

      Description: A variety of fresh food/grocery items are distributed in a drive-through model. Cars are served on a first-come, first-served basis.

      First Baptist Church

      Address: 1330 Kasold Dr, Lawrence, KS 66049


      • Food Pantry: Wednesday (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
      • Mobile Food Distribution: 4th Saturday of every month 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

      Phone: 785-843-0020 


      • Food Pantry:Premade sacks of food will be available on the porch for pick-up. 
      • Mobile Food Distribution: Mobile Food Distribution:A variety of fresh food/grocery items are distributed in a drive-through model. Cars are served on a first-come, first-served basis.

      Heritage Baptist Church Food Pantry

      Address: 1781 E 800 Rd, Lawrence, KS 66049

      Hours:First & third Thursday of the Month (4 - 6pm)

      Phone: 785-887-2200

      Description: Pre-bagged food available for anyone in need.

      Just Food - Curbside Distribution

      Address: 1000 E 11th St, Lawrence, KS 66046

      Distribution Hours: Wednesdays & Fridays (12 pm to 5 pm) Phone: (785) 856-7030 - ext 0 (during COVID-19 emergency) 8:00am - 6:00pm

      Website: https://justfoodks.org/banners/march-23-27th-curbside-distribution/

      Donate to Sponsor a Grocery Box: https://www.classy.org/give/276858/#!/donation/checkout


      •  If you haven't applied in 2020 fill out the online application (http://bit.ly/JustFoodApp).
      • Clients are eligible to receive a grocery box every other week.
      •  If you cannot pick-up food, you can designate a proxy on your application.
      •  Call for delivery info or visit http://bit.ly/JustFoodDeliveryRequest). 
        • Request delivery EACH  time you need a box. The delivery sign up does not automatically sign you up for delivery for future dates. 

      Lawrence First United Methodist Church 

      Address: 867 Highway 40 Lawrence, KS 66049

      Hours: Second Saturday of the month (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

      Description: A variety of fresh food/grocery items are distributed in a drive-through model. Cars are served on a first-come, first-served basis.



      Salvation Army

      Address: 946 New Hampshire - chapel on North side


      • Sack lunch pickup: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (1pm - 2pm) 
      • Food box pickup: Tuesday, Thursday (9am - 12pm)

      Phone: 785-843-4188 (open in mornings)


      • Sack lunch pickup: Sack lunches out of mobile canteen parked outside of building 
      • Food box pickup: Boxes are being distributed at the front doors closest to the Lawrence Arts Center. You may visit once a week. If unable to pick up a box, case managers are also available to pick up for their clients.

      Sunrise Project Food/Supplies pantry

      Address: 1501 Learnard Ave, Lawrence, KS 66044

      Phone: 785-865-1618

      Description: Pickup any time on front porch (Delivery available - call or text)

      Trinity Interfaith Pantry 

      Address:1027 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044 (pantry located in office building next to Trinity Episcopal Church)

      Hours: Tuesdays (1:00 to 3:00 pm) and Saturdays (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)


      Here is an overview of what you can expect:

      1. Patrons wait in line: patrons wait on the sidewalk next to the parking lot which      is pre-marked with red tape in six foot intervals for each opening.
      2. Food is pre-bagged. Patrons should take a bag of food as directed.
      3. A volunteer will then bring out a new set of food bags for the next patron. 


    Community Meals


    Address:125 E 10th St, Lawrence, KS 66044

    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday (12 pm - 8 pm)

    Phone: 785-424-7822

    Description: Free beans and rice bowls  (vegan options available).


    Boys and Girls Club - Center for Great Futures

    Address: 2910 Haskell Ave, Lawrence, KS 66046

    Hours: Monday - Friday (5:45 pm to 6:45 pm)

    Description: Dinner-to-Go curbside pick up for anyone in need! No RSVP needed, simply drive up to the curb.


    Global Cafe

    Location: 820 Massachusetts Street

    Hours: Saturdays & Sundays

    Phone: 785-838-4600

    Description: Free sack lunches (while supplies last).


    Jubilee Cafe Grab-and-Go service

    Address: 946 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044

    Hours: Tuesday & Friday (7 am - 8am)


    Description: Coffee, water, juice, and prepackaged food items


    Ladybird Diner

    Address: 721 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044

    Phone: 785-856-5239


    • Free Sack Lunch: Free sack lunch available for anyone in need Weekdays 11 am - 12 pm)
    • Free Pantry Box: 

    EMAIL ladybirdpantry@gmail.com and tell us

    1. How many in household
    2. If you have the ability to cook and can refrigerate items at home.
    3. Have any allergies or special needs.

    We will get back to you with a pickup date.

    LINK Dining Room

    Address: First Christian Church (1000 Kentucky St, Lawrence, KS 66044)

    Hours: Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun (1 to 2 pm) 


    Email: LINK.Kitchen@yahoo.com

    Description: “The LINK board has decided to close its dining room in the basement of the First Christian Church, 10th and Kentucky. Instead, we will provide meals-to-go for our guests at the door of our dining room”


    Ramen Bowls

    Address: 918 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044

    Hours: Sunday - Tuesday (11 am - 9 pm), Wednesday - Saturday (11 am - 10 pm)


    Description: If you or someone you know needs a free hot meal, please call and order a Rainbow Bowl. No limit. No questions asked. Free delivery until 5pm. Free carry-out after.