Launching in August 2024, the Southside Filling Station will be a neighborhood pantry offering essential grocery items and support to Hi-Crest residents. Through collaboration with organizations like Harvesters, Fellowship Hi-Crest, Shawnee County SNAP-Ed, and local businesses, SENT aims to address food insecurity in Hi-Crest, increase access to nutritious food options, and provide additional resources and support.

The Southside Filling Station

More Than Food, A Client-Choice Food Pantry

"Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

- Anne Frank -

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Opening in Summer 2024

At SENT, Inc., we believe access to healthy food is a fundamental right. That's why we're thrilled to announce the launch of the Southside Filling Station, opening in August 2024! Hear SENT, Inc.'s Board Chairman, Johnathan Sublet, speak about this exciting initiative:

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More Than Just a Pantry: Client Choice Empowerment

The Southside Filling Station isn't your typical food pantry.

We believe in empowering residents with dignity and respect. Through our innovative Client Choice model, you'll be able to select a variety of high-quality food items tailored to your household's needs and preferences once a month.

Not only are we offering a client choice model, but we’re also focusing on connecting clients to other resources their families might need. We have two case managers focusing on the Southside Filling Station and connecting its clients with what they may be eligible for.

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Fresh Produce, Pantry Staples, and More

Partnering with Harvesters, a leading food bank, and other local organizations, we offer a diverse array of options, including:

  • Fresh Produce
  • Dairy Products
  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Hygiene & Cleaning Products
  • Available Products Will Vary
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Addressing Food Insecurity in Hi-Crest

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The results of a recent Health Ratings report for Shawnee County highlight the urgent need for initiatives like the Southside Filling Station. With rising poverty rates, limited access to education and childcare, and financial hardships, it's clear that our community needs support now more than ever.

  • 15% of adults report fair or poor health.
  • Adults reported experiencing poor physical health for an average of 3.4 days in the past month.
  • 8% of babies are born with low birth weights.

These statistics underscore the importance of food security and access to healthy choices. The Southside Filling Station aims to address this critical need in Hi-Crest.

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Collaboration for a Healthier Community

SENT, Inc. is deeply committed to building a stronger, healthier community for all. We are dedicated to collaboration, inclusivity, and results-driven action. We've partnered with organizations like:

Food assistance for people in need. Harvesters is a regional food bank serving NE Kansas and NW Missouri including Kansas City and Topeka.
KSU SNAP-Ed plans to offer nutrition education classes, teaching the community how to shop for and cook healthy meals.
Fellowship Hi-Crest is a non-denominational church located in SE Topeka and focused on walking with others in community through the power of Jesus Christ. They have proven that they are committed to the Hi-Crest neighborhood.
Southwest Publishing & Mailing Corporation - A Moore Company made a generous donation of all 16 shelving units for the pantry. As a one-stop letter shop dedicated exclusively to direct mail needs, Southwest Publishing handles everything from printing to personalization, mailing, and even manufacturing envelopes. Their comprehensive services streamline direct mail campaigns, making them a vital asset to any project.
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Together, we can make a difference!

Get Involved

  • Stay Tuned! Check back soon for information on opening hours, access procedures, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Watch the Video: Hear SENT, Inc.'s Board Chairman, Johnathan Sublet, speak about this exciting initiative:
  • Donate: Help us fill the shelves and nourish our community by donating to the Southside Filling Station. Click here to donate.
  • Questions? Call Us (785-783-2535, ext. 104) or Email (behavioralhealth@senttopeka.com)
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