Flint Hills Food Recovery

Want to help reduce wasted food and provide to those in need?

Community organizations and individuals are needed to transport unused food from restaurants, caterers, and grocery store donors to food assistance organizations that supply food to community members in need.

Be a Volunteer for Flint Hills Food Recovery

Food and Farm Council Education Community Action Team

Current initiatives are focused on cooking and food skills education for youth, seniors, and families receiving the Kitchen Restore kitchenware starter kits. We need people to help plan and implement educational programming, sort and package kitchenware kits, and help with social media.

Food and Farm Council Food Insecurity Community Action Team

Current initiatives are focused on adding more Blessing Boxes in the county, seeking additional free communal meal sites in high needs neighborhoods in Manhattan and rural communities, and creating solutions to get food to people and lowering barriers of getting people to food. We need volunteers to build Blessing Boxes, help stock boxes, serve as a new free communal meal site, help create a solution to make it easier for people to access food, such as a mobile pantry, and assist with communications to the public for better awareness of food distribution opportunities.

Food and Farm Council Waste Reduction Community Action Team

Current initiatives are focused on food recycling and composting education, glass (and other food packaging) recycling, making it easier to recycle, and centrally located composting space. We need help with public education programming, volunteers for recycling pickup program, and visioning ideas for creating a plan to reduce landfill waste. See our recent achievement in the Johns Hopkins PDF.

Cats’ Cupboard: The K-State Food Pantry

A campus food pantry providing perishable & non-perishable food, hygiene products, and gently used kitchen supplies to currently enrolled K-State students, with limited eligibility for University staff.

In-Person: 1021 Denison Ave.
K-State Student Union: Donation drop-off, main floor, next to the Cats’ Den
Amazon Wish List for direct deliveries: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2JBVWCFGRCZWF?ref_=wl_share
Financial Contributions: KSU Foundation, account C19205/ https://give.evertrue.com/ksu/catscupboard

Common Table

People interested in assisting with meal prep and service can contact our e-mail address.

Community Food Basket Serving Northern Riley

Contact us for volunteering.

Temple of Peace Pantry

Mondays & Thursdays 12-3pm

Saturdays 8am-12pm

No qualifications required.


Volunteer at local mobile distribution sites for food pickup.

Konza Student Table

Volunteer for Wednesday night non-contact drive by or walk up distribution of meals to KSU students.

Donate time! Click to register for a time-slot at: Konza Student Table: Konza Student Table (signupgenius.com)

Mt. Zion Pantry

Open Wednesdays 4-6pm

No qualifications required.

Ogden Community Meal

Volunteers that can prepare and serve a monthly meal are welcomed. Contact us to sign up.

Ogden Friendship House

We are always in need of volunteers. Contact us for how to help.

Pawnee Mental Health Services

Joining the Pawnee Volunteer Team is a tremendous opportunity for community members who want to provide time, energy, and talent toward projects and activities that positively impact the lives of children and adults with mental illness.

Riley County, K-State Research and Extension

Want to help with 4-H, school, or community programs, such as cooking classes or gardening initiatives? Contact us to see what volunteer opportunities might fit your time and interests. Riley County Extension is part of a national educational network designed to extend technical expertise and research findings to help people improve their homes, families, farms, business, and communities.

Shepherd’s Crossing

Shepherd’s Crossing is almost entirely dependent upon its wonderful volunteers who can choose the area to support that best fits their talents or interest. New volunteers are asked to complete an application and provide a letter of recommendation. See our website for all the opportunities.


Your investment in Thrive! will help alleviate generational poverty in our community. See the website for all the opportunities to volunteer.

USD 383 FIT Closet & Clothing Exchange

Volunteers can assist customers, help with sorting, work at special events, or be a substitute if needed.

UFM Community Learning Center

Everyone can teach, everyone can learn. This slogan is the central theme at UFM. We are always looking for new class ideas and new instructors.

Willow Lake KSU Student Farm

We hold volunteer workdays open to the public on Saturday mornings throughout the growing season. If you’re interested, please get in touch!

The Willow Lake Student Farm strives to provide quality produce and educational opportunities to the K-State campus and Manhattan communities. With a focus on sustainable food production, the farm serves as a site for undergraduate and graduate research, student engagement, and production of a variety of fruit, vegetable, and mushroom crops. Supported by a combination of staff, student leadership, and community volunteers, the Student Farm sells its produce to the university’s dining centers and a seasonal campus farm stand. Produce not sold to support its operating expenses are donated through partnerships with the Cats’ Cupboard and Flint Hills Breadbasket.

Manhattan Housing Authority

Manhattan Housing Authority provides safe and affordable housing to income qualified applicants. This generally is any individual or family with income less than 80% AMI. The Housing Authority currently has five properties totaling 202 units, with efficiency, 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom units. We also issue and manage nearly 300 Housing Choice Vouchers (commonly called Section 8).

Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Inc.

If you are interested in volunteering, community service work, or participating in our Home Cooked Meal Program, please contact us.

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