Please Note: Prairie Land Foods was discontinued in the Fall of 2017.
It takes a little planning, but there are four things I really like about the Prairie Land Food Program: cheaper food (up to 50% off retail prices), community involvement, access throughout southwest Kansas, and the option to pay with several forms of payment, including SNAP (the food stamp Vision card).
Food at Reduced Cost
The whole purpose of Prairie Land Food is to provide quality family food at a reduced cost. Once a month, Prairie Land Food looks at market trends and then sets a menu of 13-14 items, including 5 meat items, for their signature Prairie Pak of food that costs $30. The food items are those that you would expect for the main course of any family meal or gathering, such as a pound each of lean ground beef, pork chops, hot dogs, sausage, and meat balls, and a variety of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. You can order just the meat ($17), or just the vegetables and fruit ($14). You can also also order a "Mega Box" for $35, and additional value pack items; some examples of extras from the most recent menu include:
- Steak and Cheese Calzones - $18 (30 1.66 oz Mini Steak and Cheese Calzone Crescents)
- Ground Beef Patties - $20 (5 lbs of 1/4 lb ground beef patties)
- Hog Wild - $24 (15 6 oz Center Cut, Boneless Pork Chops)
- Salmon Filets - $22 (Twelve 4 oz Wild Caught Salmon Filets individually wrapped; 3 lbs total)
If you do ANY volunteer work, you are eligible
The only requirement to participate in Prairie Land Food is that you volunteer! There's no other requirement or term commitment. There's no expectation about how much or how little you make. Prairie Land Food advocates an awareness about what we can do as individuals and families to help one another, whether that is calling to check on a friend, offering a ride, giving blood, coaching a team, helping someone move, singing in the church choir, etc. Since we are advocates of community and the common good here at Catholic Charities, how can we not like this aspect of the Prairie Land Food program?! By the way, if you're looking for some place to volunteer, call us!
Operates throughout southwest Kansas
Another great thing about Prairie Land Food is that operate throughout southwest Kansas. Actually, they operate throughout Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The point is, there is sure to be a place close by you where you can pick up your Prairie Land Food Pack whether you live in Cimarron, Dighton, Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, LaCrosse, Liberal, Minneola, Pratt, Satanta, Scott City, St John, Stafford, Sublette, or Ulysses. How do you do that? Keep reading!
Requires a little planning
- Process: Once all of the orders are received, volunteers (out of Topeka) work to get all of the food ready to ship to each site, and then loaded onto temperature controlled semi-trucks, and sent on their way. Once the trucks reach the host site, the bulk order is unloaded by volunteers and sorted out to complete each participant's order.
Accepts Several Forms of Payment, including the Vision Card
Placing your order is easy. Many people place their order for the following month when they pick up their food for the current month. You can pay for food with cash, checks (at most locations), and Vision Cards (SNAP, also known as food assistance). You can also click here to order online with e-checks, or debit and credit cards.
I am often telling people who walk through our doors about Prairie Land Food. Even though it takes a little bit of effort and planning, it seems like a good deal that is in line with some very human-centered values. If you take a look and try it out, let us know what you think.blog comments powered by Disqus