COVID-19 Financial Assistance
KANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
How to apply for Kansas unemployment benefits? To file an initial claim for Kansas Unemployment Insurance benefits, you will need to create an account on the KDOL website located here. Toll–free Kansas unemployment number, outside the local calling area: 800-292-6333.
KANSAS LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIEAP)
The Kansas Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a Federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs by providing a one-time per year benefit. Benefit levels vary according to the following factors: 1) Household income, 2) number of persons living at the address, 3) type of dwelling, 4) type of heating fuel, and 5) utility rates.
OBERLIN FOOD PANTRY
Location: United Church, 109 North Griffith
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-1:30
THE KANSAS FOOD ASSISTANCE & NUTRITION PROGRAM
The Food Assistance & Nutrition Program is a nutrition assistance program, which provides a Kansas Benefit card (plastic debit card) to eligible persons for use in purchasing food from local grocery stores. Complete information regarding Food Assistance eligibility can be obtained by contacting your nearest Department for Children and Families Office or by calling 1-888-369-4777. Any single individual or household group whose income and resources are low and who meet certain basic program requirements can qualify. Food Assistance is available to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, political beliefs, or handicaps. There are specific eligibility requirements in Kansas and in every state. You must work with the Department for Children and Families to apply and confirm your eligibility.
UNITED WAY COVID-19 COMMUNITY RELIEF FUND
Location: United Way of Ellis County, PO Box 367, Hays, KS 67601-0367
Contact: (785) 628-8281
They may help with rent, bills, and food.
DECATUR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Will assist our citizens during this difficult time by offering a specific delivery service. Those that are unable to acquire essential items such as groceries and medication may set up a delivery. We can assist you in transferring animals to and from the veterinary clinics and also assist in delivering legal documents for signatures if it is sealed. We will not deliver from restaurants. We will be limiting it to once a week per family. You will be responsible to set up the pickup and payment method. Deliveries will be made Monday through Friday 8-5 unless exigent circumstances exist. Times may vary depending on emergency situations that may arise. Please call Dispatch at 785-475-8100 for more information or to set up a delivery.
GRAB AND GO MEALS
Grab and go meals are FREE for any child, ages 1-18, who lives in Decatur County.
Call (785)475-2231 on Mondays to let them know which days of the week and how many children will be eating on those days. If you decide you want to continue, call the school and tell them you are in for the rest of the school year.
In order to provide FREE meals, we have to follow certain guidelines. One of those is that the kids MUST be present to get the meals, which is why Wendy Jacobs is working so hard to figure out a delivery system. Please be patient.
We prefer the "drive through" option so that we can avoid students congregating, BUT we also understand that for older kids who can’t drive, they will need to walk to the school to grab their lunch. IF your kids are walking, PLEASE don’t allow them to walk with friends - only siblings.
For our kids who live in the country and can’t get to town, we are still working on that plan, but we haven’t forgotten about you. Stay tuned!