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What does the Breadbasket do?
Mission: To minimize hunger and poverty through the distribution of available food and to nurture projects that help alleviate hunger and poverty.

The Flint Hills Breadbasket is a Community Food Network founded in 1983 in a small shed in which the City of Manhattan housed machinery. Since then we have grown, but continue to offer much needed food to those in need through community donations and volunteer support. Hunger is oftentimes an invisible tragedy, and for over thirty-two years the Flint Hills Breadbasket has been collecting and distributing food to ensure that no one in the community goes hungry.

Did you know?
23.2% of Riley County's citizens live at or below the poverty level.

In 2015 The Breadbasket received over 700,000 pounds and served over 23,000 individuals.

The Breadbasket’s ultimate goal is enabling our clients to gain the skills necessary for self-sufficiency, and we offer programs to aid this process.

Emergency Food Pantry
Provides residents of Manhattan with food assistance, when there is no food in the home and no means to purchase any.

USDA (TEFAP) Commodity Program

Program: Distribution of available USDA commodities to income eligible families that meet federal guidelines. Please call (785) 537-0730 for distribution dates.

CSFP Commodity Program

Distribution of commodity foods to income eligible seniors over the age of 60. This is a program through USDA.

Kid’s Backpack Meal program

Provides food for hungry kids that don’t have access to food on the weekends. A bag of nutritious, kid friendly food is sent home with these children on Friday when school lets out and contains enough food to provide 3 meals and 2 snacks a day
throughout the weekend .

Community Resource Referral

Program: Additional services which include food stamp applications, LIEAP applications, Project Deserve applications, clothing vouchers, and more!