State Resource List

If you are needing assistance, here is a list or state resources/agencies that may be of help to you and the service that they provide.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) This program will provide nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of low-income individuals and families helping them afford the food they need to eat. This website has links at the top of the page to apply for assistance. http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/ees/pages/food/foodassistance.aspx
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Healthy foods and services to low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms, and kids under age 5. Find out how to apply by using this website http://www.kansaswic.org/families.

 

 

  • Summer Food Service Program, provides free nutritious meals and snacks to all children 18 years old and under at approved summer food service program sites when school is not in session.

 

  • Senior Nutrition and Resources, provides prepared meals for eligible seniors through various settings such as congregate meal sites, home delivery or grab and go locations. Contact area agency on aging for a site near you.

 

  • Temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), monthly financial support to qualifying low-income families with children to help them pay for basic needs, including utilities, diapers and transportation. https://cssp.kees.ks.gov/apspssp/sspNonMed.portal

 

  • Hero Relief Fund provides childcare subsidies for essential workers who have countable gross income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. http://ksherorelief.com/

 

 

 

 

  • Evictions or Foreclosure Protection, Executive Order 20-10 issued by Governor Kelly, temporarily prohibiting certain foreclosures and evictions in Kansas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This protection extends until May 1, 2020 or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires, whichever is earlier.

By: Brenda Langdon

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy recipe to try at home with your family, this is for you. Try this Med Instead of Meds banana oatmeal pancakes recipe using pantry essentials and you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup of old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen fruit of your choice (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, bananas, rolled oats, baking powder, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Batter should be cohesive and without lumps.
  2. Heat olive oil in medium skillet on medium-low heat. Once heated, spoon ¼ cup portions of the batter onto skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides (about 4 minutes on each side).
  3. Heat fruit in small skillet until warm, stirring occasionally. Serve over pancakes. You can also serve pancakes with chopped nuts or peanut butter on top.

Source: https://medinsteadofmeds.com/

By: Ashley Svaty

Plan Ways to Stretch Your Resources

Substitute

  • When grocery shopping, compare the cost per serving/unit
  • Buy generic or store brand
  • Maintain your car to avoid costly repairs or replacement
  • Shop around for interest rates and financing terms
  • Buy clothing when on sale
  • Sew at home

Conserve

  • Pay attention to dates on food packages to use the older foods first
  • Use leftovers for lunch the next day
  • Maintain vehicle and get recommended service
  • Maintain your house with minor repairs
  • Conserve energy with insulation, weather stripping, storm windows, or plastic. Close doors and windows to retain heat.
  • Keep clothes clean, follow care instructions and store clothes properly
  • Reuse and recycle

Use your own resources

  • “Brown Bag” your lunch
  • Plant a garden
  • Sell unwanted items online or through a garage sale
  • Wash car yourself

Use Community Resources

  • Use parks, trails and other recreation areas
  • See if you qualify for SNAP benefits, the TANF program or similar programs
  • Use and support school transportation
  • Use the public library
  • Participate in activities and use the services available through your local K-State Research and Extension office.

Source: https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF3501.pdf

By: Brenda Langdon

At Home Exercises

  • The National Institute on Aging has fantastic low impact at home exercises perfect for beginners, older adults, or for anyone looking to add more movement into their day! Check out their videos here: https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/workout-videos/
  • If you’re at home with kids, I encourage you to check out gonoodle.com. These free, fun and interactive videos inspire kids to be active by offering a wide range of videos which appeal to different ages, skills, and abilities.
  • Walk Kansas fitness videos covering a variety of short exercises using free weights, resistance bands, and the balance ball are available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0443E5C6D241AC2F

By: Ashley Svaty