Ballard Center is a non-profit organization that provides a high quality, affordable early education program and essential basic life assistance for families and individuals in need. Programs include:

  • Food security
  • Clothing assistance, including professional clothing for women transitioning back into work through our Suitable for Work closet
  • Assistance with rent and some utilities
  • Assistance with school supplies though School Kits
  • Holiday gift adoptions for families through Holiday Bureau

Ballard also offers a strengths program to our low income clients. This program offers clients a professionally developed and personalized strengths-based path to self-sufficiency.

Pantry hours are between 11:00AM – 2:00PM, Monday through Friday at 708 Elm Street.

News & Info

  • COVID-19: How you can help

    With the closing of many food pantries and all schools in Lawrence, nobody has felt the impact of the threat of COVID-19 more than our population who relies on those entities for food daily. Ballard Center is asking for your help to make sure our families have the supplies they need to get through this

    March 19, 2020
  • Thank you Six Mile Chophouse, Texas Roadhouse, and Johnny’s Tavern

    Ballard staff are working diligently to assure tiny mouths who need a hot nutritious meal have one. We have created a Corona survival wish list for our children who relied on a healthy breakfast and lunch as well as snacks daily. Thank you to Six Mile Chophouse for filling two cars with incredible food! Many

    March 18, 2020
  • Emerging Human Resources in Douglas County

    To Our Community, Due to ongoing concern with COVID-19, multiple pantries around town have temporarily closed along with restaurants. Below you will find a list of all known places in Lawrence and nearby towns that are offering free food and other services. The list will be updated as we learn of more resources. You may

    March 17, 2020
  • Covid-19 Update

    COVID-19: Ballard Center Early Childhood Education Center closed for 14 days Pantry opened on a limited basis Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has ordered closures for 14 days of all K-12 schools, recreational facilities, and public libraries to stem the outbreak. Ballard Center will follow suit and close our Early Childhood Education Center for 14 days

    March 16, 2020