Salina Emergency Aid/Food Bank (EAFB) began in 1971 as a project of several local churches. At the time, there was no central community location for a needy family to seek help. It was a common practice when in need to “knock on the pastor’s door.” Churches stocked small food pantries and maintained funds to help with emergencies. Several churches decided to pursue the idea of having one location supported by their congregations. Pooling resources would enable more people in need to be served efficiently.
During 2018 an active group of volunteers assisted EAFB in the distribution of more than 408,000 food items. Over its 49-year history, the agency has become much more than just a food pantry. Help is available for homeless prevention by providing emergency funds for rent and utilities. As churches partnered in the early days, EAFB now partners with other community service agencies, networking to provide essential services for clients.
Throughout its 49 years, EAFB has always been a sign of hope to those experiencing financial difficulties and finding themselves in need. Our mission is to serve people in need with dignity and respect.