The Ray Way:

“We are so much more than just a city called Raytown. We are a group of citizens, individuals, families, government, organizations, and businesses that together make up this place we call Raytown.” Mayor Mike McDonough

Special Announcements:




 Baby Grace: 816-787-5936; multiple resources for diapers, wipes, clothing, classes, etc. Call for more info.

 Connection Point Church: 816-353-1994

 Curbside Closet Boutique will be the 4th Sundays of the month at 4232 Troost Ave., KCMO 64110. This is for parents of toddlers or birthing persons seeking gently used clothing and/or baby equipment. It is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!!! Please call 816-541-3718 for an appointment.

 Don Bosco Family Center: 816-691-2900

 Frugals Family Thrift: 816-478-9200 (ask about the available vouchers for clothing, furniture, & household goods). You may also ask about diaper and food banks (dependent upon availability).

 Hope Network: 816-778-1105

 Mt. Washington Baptist Church is having a food pantry and clothing distribution on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to Noon. This is located at 9623 E. Independence Ave., Independence. For questions or more information, please call: 816-254-5777.

 Prospect Plaza Park has a clothing, food, and essentials distribution every Sunday around 2 p.m., first come, first served. The park is located at: 2430 E. 12th St., KCMO 64127.

 Raytown Christian Church: 816-353-1708

 REAP: 816-356-0054

 Sisters in Christ: 816-772-3398

 St. Mark’s Methodist Church has a food pantry on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., no appointment needed. They are located at: 603 N. Jennings Road, Independence, MO 64056. Please call for more information at: 816-257-1812. They also have a clothing closet but that is by appointment only!

 Temple of Truth: 1st Saturday; 10-2; 7900 Westridge Rd., Raytown; 816-381-7982.

 is a FREE cloth diaper program. The program has NO income requirements, quick turn around on applications, and is delivered. Recipients may also receive ongoing education and support for using cloth diapers. Diapers are provided for children up to 35 pounds.

 Triple A Foundation has new openings/signups for a monthly supply of diapers and if available, baby clothes, toys, etc. The distribution is every second Saturday. Please call to register at: 816-328-6067. You may also visit the website at: TRIPLEAFOUNDATION.COM

 Uzazi Village’s Diaper Depot: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays. Please call 816-541-3718. You may call M/W/F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. They also offer a breast feeding clinic. Please email for more information on that program. This is a virtual consult at this time due to the pandemic.


 Sleep in Heavenly Peace; provides beds for Raytown people in need; beds can be requested at:; wait times vary; delivery and setup may be available.


 Assistance with burial or cremations (Jackson County residents ONLY); 816-881-3355 or email:

 has info about help with funeral costs for any passing related to a Federally declared disaster. NOTE: This is SEPARATE from COVID-19 passing.

 FEMA has some funds to help reimburse families with funeral/cremation expenses that were related to COVID-19. The funds are retroactive to those who passed away between January 20, 2020 through December 31, 2020. For more information, please go to: You may also call: 844-684-6333 for FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance information.

 The Funeral Consumer Alliance is a detailed website that provides information about costs, comparisons, options, and related items. It does not though provide any financial assistance. Please see:


>child-care (online application for day care assistance and other programs). There are also some additional support services to assist Missouri parents. For those resources, please visit:

 (click child care for licensing regs, provider searches, how to file a complaint, and other resources)

 The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has information pertaining to things related to child care and these are listed under, “Child Care.” Please go to:



 Catholic Charities has a free support and education program for women and their families throughout pregnancy and until the baby’s first birthday. For more information, please call 816-659-8285 or email at:

 Center for Conflict Resolution offers a variety of educational tools and trainings to help teach successful conflict resolution skills to people of all ages. This may also include successful conflict resolution amongst neighbors. For more information, please visit: or call: 816-461-8255. Services are available for individuals, organizations, and communities. There is a sliding fee scale.

 Charlie’s House is part of a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating parents and caregivers about common dangers to children in and around the home. Their safety demonstration house is now open and giving tours. To schedule a time, please go to: You may also do a virtual safety demonstration and walk-thru the new 3D experience and see safety videos! Please go to: The location of the house is 2425 Campbell, KCMO 64108. The phone is 913-375-7123.

 College Board Opportunity scholarships program is open for the class of 2022 to make applications. Please visit here for more information:

 636-940-8027. Has an office in KCMO and offers a variety of programs to help break the cycle of poverty through professional development, clothing, support, & training. There are various groups including for fathers, mothers, men, and women who are not parents. The local number is 816-561-5115 and the location is 300 West Linwood Blvd., KCMO 64111. You may also email Mr. Jeff Lee at:

 Educational Opportunity Center Kansas City has a wealth of information and resources to increase the number of first time college students and to remove barriers to such. Examples of the FREE services provided are: Academic Counseling, High School Equivalency Referral and Placement, College Planning and Selection, College Admission Applications, Financial Aid Applications, Financial and Economic Counseling, Scholarship Searches and Resources, Career Counseling, and Student Loan Default Counseling! Please call: 816-604-4400 or visit the website for more information at:

 Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is helping people stay connected during the pandemic! This is a program sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If eligible, you will receive up to a $50 monthly discount on broadband services/equipment and a one time discount up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. Enrollment is open and the program will continue for 6 months after the COVID-19 emergency ends or until funds run out. To apply, please go to: or call: 833-511-0311 for a paper application.

 Emerging Builders is a program for females and other minorities who wish to learn more about construction trades. For more information or to become a Builder, please go to:

NEW!!!…There is now a 10 week apprenticeship program that requires that you have a High School diploma or a GED, reliable transportation, and a willingness to learn. Participants can earn $12 an hour and work on actual construction sites and receive classroom training. For more information, check out the website listed or email:

 Exceeds Expectations is having a, “Youth Financial Leadership” program from August 31st to September 16th, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Zoom.

Youth ages 14-21 are eligible to participate. Please register at:

 Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has information available about internet service providers/plans as well as possible assistance. Go to: Click, “Community Development” and then click, “Digital Divide.” Go under, “Resources” and click, “Broadband Now.” From there, enter your zip code and it will give you a list of internet service providers that serve that zip code as well as costs and plan information.

To read about potential funding for internet service, do the following: Go to: Click, “Community Development” and then click, “Digital Divide.” Go past “Resources” to “Latest on Digital Divide” and click on, “Federal Funds Available for Home Internet.” Then click on, “Emergency Broadband Benefit Program” and it will give you the information needed. You may also check out: for further information.

For some excellent tools and information about teaching financial literacy and related topics to children, go to: Then click, “Education.” Lists of multiple resources then is organized by grade level!

 FREE internet is available for qualified applicants at: Can also provide one free hotspot and offer some assistance to school districts!

 Full Employment Council: 816-471-2330. SNAP & TANF recipients qualify for FREE training in healthcare occupations and career placement assistance after completion. To learn more, please visit They also have courses on becoming a Web Developer. Tuition, books, & laptop are provided. This is also in connection with UMKC. To learn more information or to apply, please go to:

 Gallery I Spy by Saul Steinberg is a new display geared towards children at Crown Center. This will remain on display along with his history in cartoons for adults through September 6th. The exhibit is free.

 Giving Hope & Help: Focus is on giving low-income high school seniors, scholarships. Some scholarships also available for adult college students. For more information go to:

 Grace Home School Coop:

 Green Works in Kansas City has a, “Nature Discovery in The Urban Outdoors” program that is FREE and runs from September 18th to November 20th on Saturdays. Kids will have the opportunity to learn more about nature. There are 2 locations: Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, KCMO and the Lakeside Nature Center at 4701 East Gregory, KCMO. Grades 4-5 meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and grades 6-8 meet 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. To register, please go to: For questions, please contact:

 Heartland Book Bank, Inc. is located at: 1425 Oak St., KCMO and the phone is: 816-472-5600. The email is: This organization offers free books to educators, families, and nonprofit organizations!

 Kaleidoscope at Crown Center: You may sign up for a weekly email with ideas to inspire imaginations and art at:

 KC Freedom Project; tutoring program for children ages 5 to 12 who have a parent that is incarcerated. Please email for more information:

 KC Library Youth has a program called, “Dial-A-Story” available for kids to call in and hear a story! Call: 816-701-3456 or go to: (to hear what is in the agenda for the week).

 KC Scholars is an organization that equips youth with educational and financial opportunities! Please call: 816-581-5700 or visit their website for more information at:

 Kansas City Zoo offers ZooED which is available to educational organizations in Jackson and Clay Counties. This offers many learning activities! For more information, please call: 816-595-1765 or please go to:

 Kaplan has free test prep available on its website. Please go to:

 Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) has information for Clay, Platte, and Jackson County residents that are interested in high-quality early learning services. To learn more about this and/or to apply, please go to:

 Mid-Continent Public Library is offering Wi-Fi hotspots to use at home! This is for anyone needing Wi-Fi to take part in tele-health visits, pay bills, attend school, apply for jobs, etc. For more information, please go to:

 Missouri Department of Conservation has many free programs both virtual and in-person for children and adults! Some upcoming events in Jackson County include: Birds & Blooms, Edible Blooms of Spring, Native Plants, etc. For more information, please go to:

 Money Smart Kansas City is a great resource for children, teens, and adults wanting to better educate themselves on financial literacy and related resources. For more information, please go to:

 Moshowmehope is a wonderful site to help kids better understand the COVID-19 pandemic and has additional resources. There are even children and adult coloring books available for free downloads to help kids understand why the pandemic has changed things! Please go to:

 New Reflections Technical Institute KC is now accepting applications for their program leading to a CDL Class A driver’s license. Financial aid is available and immediate work after graduation. Please call: 816-361-5239 for more information.

 Parent Education and Empowerment Center in KCMO is an excellent resource to empower parents to be more a part of their children’s education, better understand, IEPs, 504 plans, and more. For more information, please go to:

 Parent Leadership Training Institute KC has a training program for parents or those who work with children and want to see them reach their full potentials! They have other sources of support as well. Please visit:

 PCs for People (Formerly Connecting for Good) provides low-cost desktop & laptop computers/accessories for low income people. Some repair services & training are also available. Please call 816-293-9966, 816-293-4753, or 816-293-4657 to see if you qualify! You may also email at: Also you can email:

 Police Athletic League (PAL) is having basketball clinics to learn, train, and develop athletic skills. These sessions are all at: PAL Center, 1801 White Ave., KC, MO. The sessions are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Ages 8-12 go from 5-6 p.m. and ages 13-18 go from 6:10 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. For more information please first call: Coach Steve Brown at 816-756-4422 or Coach Brandon Walker at 816-446-8198.

 Prosperity Center through Rockhurst University offers a variety of educational services to the public such as employment and financial coaching and other helpful services. Please call: 816-501-4239 for qualifications/information or visit:

 Raytown Community Education has many online offerings and some possible in person events (pandemic permitting). Please go to: You may also call: 816-268-7041.

 Raytown Historical Society and Museum has many educational resources and other things on a variety of topics! Their phone number is 816-353-5033. They are at 9705 E. 63rd St., Raytown 64133. The web address is:

 Raytown Police Department is having a, “Citizen Police Academy” beginning on September 29th and going through November 17th and it runs from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Participants must be 18. Learn more about Law Enforcement and related things! For more information, please go to:

 Raytown Public Library: 816-353-2052. They offer a variety of services in person and virtual. Please call or go to their website at:

 Raytown Quality Schools: Community Education/GED Prep: 816-268-7041; Herndon Career Center: 816-268-7140; Student Support Services: 816-268-7000

 Shawn Carter Foundation: Offers a scholarship to undergraduates pursuing their first degree. Must be a high school senior to apply or have a GED, enroll in a 2 or 4 year undergraduate program, or students enrolled in a vocation or trade school. Must also be a US citizen, 25 years old or younger, have a minimum of a 2.00 g.p.a, and the household income must not exceed $75,000. For more information about this and other programs, please go to:

 Start at Zero offers free developmental screenings that can be completed online with results received from a Parent Educator in 5 business days.  They also offer various other services such as “Virtual Circle Time.” To sign up for these sessions, please go to: or call 816-600-4932 for more information. Virtual Circle Time is every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. with your child to do a fun activity together! These meetings are via Zoom.

* If you are looking for support to help empower your parenting, visits can be completed virtually. To sign up for this, please go to:

 The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium has a fun, simple, and free set of instructions for making an at-home planisphere for star gazers! Please go to:

 The Athletic Academy, 6420 Raytown Trafficway. Indoor youth baseball related activities/education. Please call 816-541-0000 for more info or visit their FB page.

 The Sewing Labs is located at 526 Campbell, KCMO 64106. They teach sewing skills and provide a variety of free services and classes. For more information, call 816-888-3051. You may also email them at: They also have a website you may look at by typing in: Sewing labs community.

 Twenty Twenty or 20/20 Leadership has many resources to support youth such as youth development programs and much more! They are located at: 31 West 31st Street, KCMO 64108. Please call for more information at: 816-535-0250. The website is:

 Union Station KC Educator Program. Free, available to all licensed educators, early childhood educators, home school educators, etc. Contact: for details about the program and pandemic restrictions.

 Urban League of Greater KC has some great programs such as ACT prep, career assistance, financial education, and PEEC (Parent Education & Empowerment Center). This program teaches parents how to best advocate for their children’s education. For info., please go to:

 Virtual field trips are available for educators and families! Please go to: There is a great selection!

 Free homeschool resources



 American Legion Post 21 in Independence has a food box pantry on the last Saturday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. You must show proof of your Veteran status. Sometimes they will also have toiletries. The address is: 16701 E US HWY 40, Independence, 64055. The number is: 816-373-0221.

 Bethel Family Worship Center has a food give away every Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The location is 10801 Ruskin Way, KCMO. For questions or further information, please call: 816-399-5025 or email at:

 Brooking Heights Baptist Church: 816-356-3007. 9500 E. 53rd Street, Raytown. Hours are 4-6 p.m. every Wednesday and some hours are possible on Sunday (please call for more information).

 Calvary Chapel Church, 5101 Bristol Ave., KCMO, 64129. On the 1st Friday of every month, there will be a Harvester’s Mobile Food Distribution. First come, first served. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or until gone. For questions please call 816-809-8834 to verify dates/times.

 Caring for The Raytown Community’s next food distribution is September 18th. You may register for the event at the event. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The location is the Raytown School Education & Conference Center at: 10750 E. State Route 350, Raytown, 64138. The event will also occur on October 16th.

 Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph has an online shopping portal for the food pantry currently located at 4101 E. 105th Terrace, KCMO. The portal allows families to make selections based on need, preferences, etc. This resource is free and available to anyone within the 27 county service area. For more information about this service please call: 816-221-4377 or visit:

 Community Action Agency: 816-358-6868

 Community Assistance Council: 816-763-3277

 Community Service League is having a food pantry on September 11th and September 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or until supplies run out. The address is: Community of Christ Auditorium, South

parking lot, 1111 West Pacific Ave., Independence, MO 64050.

 Food Pantry Group for Kansas/Missouri: This is a group for the Kansas City Metro area. You may post food needs, trades, etc. ALL MUST BE FREE, NO SELLING!

 Free after school meal programs are available across the greater KC metro and do not require a school ID. These operate Monday through Friday and offer snacks, and hot to go meals. For more information please call: 1-800-825-0490.

 Guardian Angels Catholic Church located at 1310 Westport Road, KC, MO has food to give away and you do not need to live within Parish boundaries. They are often able to give 2 weeks worth of groceries. You need to set up an appointment and have picture ID. Families can come 2 times a month. Please call 816-768-6575 to set up an appointment and to verify availability.

 Harvesters Community Food Network has a feature on their website where you may type in an address/zip code and find the nearest location for assistance with food. Please go to:

 Heart of America Food Pantry; 7600 Blue Ridge Blvd. Please call 816-356-6380 for questions about food. Emergency service is possibly available on an individual basis by calling the Church. NEW!!! Admins will post some possible upcoming food distribution dates however in the meantime, leave a message at the number listed above and someone will call you to arrange a Friday appointment for food (depending on availability).

 Hope Network: 816-778-1105. Food pantry hours are Tuesday at 5, Wednesday at 3, and Thursday at 6 p.m. Because of the pandemic, it is drive up only but may soon switch back to an inside, pick your own items event. Please call for further info. No registration is required but you must have an ID. The location is 10500 E. 350 HWY.

 Kansas City Health Department is having a food give away. You must wear a mask. The location is: 2400 Troost, KCMO. Additionally, if you have not been vaccinated and would like to be, the Health Department will have a walk-in clinic! Please note that the food give away happens every 2nd Tuesday of every month at the same time (1:30 p.m.) until supplies run out!

 KC PBJ Project is a monthly delivery of peanut butter, jelly, and bread for needy families. You can sign up to adopt a family or ask that your family be adopted! Please go to:

 Lasagna Love: An organization that provides large pans of lasagna to needy families who are struggling as a means to give them a break. For more info, to donate/sponsor, or to request a meal please go to: Type in your zip code to see if there is a location in your area. For example, it DOES serve 64133!

 Love & Loaves is a food distribution program that gives free meals to 300 people. This is every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and it is located at: 3406 Troost, KCMO, 64109.

 Mountaintop Inc. Food Pantry will be at the Macedonia Baptist Church located at 1700 E. Linwood Blvd, KCMO. EVERYONE is welcome, no requirements! This event will be EVERY Wednesday from 1:30-5:00 p.m. or until supplies run out!

 Mt. Sinai M B Church is having a large food distribution on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. The Church is located at 3634 Brooklyn Ave., KCMO 64109. Meat, fruit, vegetables, & dairy items will be given away. Items will be placed in your trunk. For more info or any questions, please call 816-392-8738.

 Mt. Washington Baptist Church is having a food pantry and clothing distribution on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to Noon. This is located at 9623 E. Independence Ave., Independence. For questions or more information, please call: 816-254-5777.

 One Church in Christ has a monthly park and pickup food giveaway. The event is the last Sunday of every month from 12:30 until approximately 1:30 p.m. Located at 6144 Raytown Traffic Way, KCMO 64133. Their next distribution will be August 29th.

 Prospect Plaza Park has a clothing, food, and essentials distribution every Sunday around 2 p.m., first come, first served. The park is located at: 2430 E. 12th St., KCMO 64127.

 Raytown Chapel Church: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays; 5:30-6:30pm; 5413 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, Raytown (walk or drive-up meals to go). More information coming soon on their food pantry!

 REAP: Every Friday: 10:30-until gone; 816-356-0054. Location: 9300 E. 75th St., Raytown.

 Raytown Summer Lunch Ministry is back! This will again be a drive-thru program where you just pull up and groceries are placed into your trunk. This will be every Tuesday starting June 8th and ending with August 24th. Times are from 4-6 p.m. or until supplies run out. The location is the Raytown Christian Church, 6108 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. Families with children of any age in the Raytown schools are welcome! No ID is needed to receive a bag of groceries. ***PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS THE LAST DISTRIBUTION DATE FOR THIS EVENT AS IT IS ONLY A SUMMER PROGRAM.

 Salvation Army: 816-252-3200 or 816-241-6485.

 Sheffield Family Life Center Ministry (East Campus) has a free food give away after the service on every third Sunday. The location is: 740 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO, 64125. Please call: 816-241-5433 for information

about service time and other possible assistance.

 Sisters in Christ: Emergency food at this time. MUST call 816-772-3398 for assistance. 6317 Evanston, Raytown, MO 64133. Please call 816-772-3398.

 St. Bernadette: FOOD BY APPT ONLY! 816-356-3700, ext. 228. 9020 E. 51st Terrace, KCMO, 64133.

 St. Mark’s Methodist Church has a food pantry on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., no appointment needed. They are located at: 603 N. Jennings Road, Independence, MO 64056. Please call for more information at: 816-257-1812. They also have a clothing closet but that is by appointment only!

 Temple of Truth: 4th Saturday; 1-3; 7900 Westridge Rd., Raytown, 64138. 816-381-7982

 Theatre Community Fund of Kansas City has a TCF Food Bank that has food, hygiene, and cleaning products. Open to anyone and some delivery may be possible. Go to: and complete the food bank request form and we will take it from there!

 Unity Southeast in Kansas City has a weekly food pantry on Sunday from 10 a.m. to Noon. 3421 East Meyer Blvd., KCMO, 64132. Please call 816-841-1402 for more information. There will also be food distribution every fourth Friday of the month and include meats, fruits, veggies, and dairy. This is for up to 300 households so arrive early as it only goes until supplies run out. The next public food distribution is August 27th at 2:00 p.m. No registration is required.


 Buy Nothing Kansas City

 Caregivers on The Home Front is a nonprofit organization that serves families who have someone actively enlisted or serving or whom are caring for Veterans. A variety of help is available such as advocacy, support groups, etc. Please see their FB page or call 816-462-2022.

 Food Pantry Group for Kansas/Missouri: This is a group for the Kansas City Metro area. You may post food needs, trades, etc. ALL MUST BE FREE, NO SELLING!

 Helping Hand-Household Essentials is a FB group dedicated to providing free cleaning supplies to single parents and those who have children with disabilities. Their goal is to give those families one less thing to have to worry about.

 Helping Hands of KC is a FB group who seeks to help meet the needs of KC area residents. You may post a need or something that you have to donate!

 Kansas City Heroes

 Kansas City Hotel Initiative-KCHI is a FB site for those wanting to donate, learn more, etc. about the efforts in Kansas City to house those without homes.

 Kansas City’s Houseless Donation Community: Group for discussing donations needed for the houseless population of Kansas City as well as donating items that you may have and wish to donate to help the cause. Houseless information coordination.

 Kansas City Mutual Aid

 KC Responds is a nonprofit with a FB site. The group helps to connect people with resources to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. You may also sign up for a free newsletter with updates and offerings. There is also an email:

 Kansas City Twin/Multiples Swap Shop 

 Moms Helping Moms (Greater Kansas City Area). Giving/trading group only of needed items such as clothing, toys, etc. Group is for moms, grandparents, caregivers, etc. to support one another across the Kansas City area.

 No Shame: A Period Product Project for Our Underserved Communities: Can assist needy women with needed feminine supplies.

 Parents Helping Parents (Raytown, Mo Area). This is a free/trade group. Https://

 Raytown and Surrounding Area Buy Nothing Group. This is a FB site where people may ask for, give away, or exchange items to prevent waste. You may have what someone else needs! No selling allowed.

 Raytown Charity Unleashed

 Raytown Free Items and Pay it Forward Group

 The Really Really Free Market takes place the first Sunday of the month and includes clothing, food, home goods, books, toys, media, etc. You take what you need, can bring donations, and ALL are FREE! The hours are 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. It is set up at the park located at the intersection of 57th and Brookside Blvd.

 The Single Mom KC is a FB site with many resources and support.

* For additional potential resources please refer to:

Above information provided by local resources.