Blessing Box

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

Shelves of food, bottled water and personal care products fill the old choir room at St. John’s Episcopal Church on North Topeka in downtown Wichita.

It's the new distribution center for the growing Wichita-based food pantry program Paxton’s Blessing Box.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

More small food pantries are going up in neighborhoods across Kansas.

The freestanding wooden boxes are called “Paxton’s Blessing Box," and they offer non-perishable food items to anyone who needs them.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

One family in Wichita is taking the idea of a “community pantry” to a very personal level. They’ve set up what’s called a “Blessing Box” of goods in their front yard and are inviting people to take what they need.