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By , October 31st, 2009 4:15pm

We know that at least 1 in 3 families that get food from the Kansas Food Bank have at least one member working full-time. We also know that working 40 hours a week at the current minimum wage is not enough to lift someone above poverty. This is why the working poor are a special concern to the Kansas Food Bank and our hunger-relief agencies. Most pantries are open during blocks of time that fall within  traditional work hours — Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The good news, however, is that a number of pantries are choosing to open after hours.  In Wichita, these include: 

  • Southeast Good Neighbor Center at Victory Baptist Church, 812 S. Oliver, open Monday evenings from 5-8 p.m.;
  • Streetlight food pantry, 1658 S. Topeka, open Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; 
  • Simple House, 255 N. Waco, open to referrals on Thursday evenings from 7-8 p.m;
  • South City Baptist, 1513 S. Galena, open the 3rd Thusday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.;
  • Wichita Dream Center, 2000 S. Hillside, open the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to Noon; and
  • Whole Truth Gospel Fellowship, 411 S. Martinson, open the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

These special hours would not be possible without the valuable commitment of volunteers at these pantries. We thank them for this extra effort!