Ballard’s Food and Clothing Pantry

Ballard Pantry

Monday - Friday by appointment only

The 2021 Schedule for the next few Harvesters Mobile Food Distribution at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on 19th and Harper (please note a couple dates are not on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month):

Due to CV-19, all recipients will remain in their cars and, masked, gloved volunteers will load food. During Winter months, we have moved operations indoors to a drive-thru method.  Registration begins at 8:30am with distribution taking place at approximately 10am.
If you are interested in volunteering to help distribute food, we could always use a few extra hands!
Email: to sign up! 

We have a dedicated Workwear Closet that serves low-income Douglas County residents help acquire work appropriate clothing in order to ensure that proper work attire is not a boundary to employment. Everything from three-piece suits, dresses, scrubs, non-slip shoes, and aprons are available (depending on donations).

Clothing Pantry
Ballard Center offers clothing, undergarments, socks, shoes, coats, and jackets all year round for men, women, and children. Our pantry also offers diapers of all sizes.

Household basics
Pots, pans, plates, dishes, silverware, glasses, and an occasional microwave or toaster oven help families restock their homes.

Mobile Food Pantry
Bi-weekly, in conjunction with Harvesters, a truckload of fresh food is distributed to anyone in need at the 4-H Fairgrounds at the DG CO Fairgrounds at 19th & Harper. Currently, distribution is (generally) the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month (see current calendar above).

Emergency Funds
Emergency rent and utility assistance are available on a limited basis to those who meet eligibility requirements.

Holiday Bureau Adoption
Clients are matched with holiday adoption donors to assist during the holiday season.

There are also programs that are offered on a seasonal or intermittent basis.

Ballard Pantry does NOT charge for the services offered. The wealth of goods presented to individuals and families in crisis each day is obtainable free of charge at Ballard Center. Our pantry exists entirely through donations from heroes in our community, as well as grants. We are unique in the Lawrence community in the items we offer and the qualify of clothing, shoes, work attire, kitchenware, household items, food, and diapers made available to anyone in need. Students, elderly, families or any individual is welcome!

There is a wide variety of programs and services available to those in crisis at Ballard. As we work to implement our mission of stabilizing families in Douglas County and Lawrence, we recognize that many of the residents are one life event away from devastation. Ballard wants to help those who are struggling and to see them through a catastrophe beginning to end.

To this end, we offer a variety of programs and services.

And remember, you can volunteer in our pantry by filling out the application below!

We are not currently accepting outside volunteers in the pantry at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions, but will start soon. Please check our Facebook for updates on when we can accept volunteers once again.