Our Mission

The Pantry contributes to the health, dignity, and self-worth of persons with very low incomes by making available at no cost basic personal hygiene products.

Our History

In 2010, clergy and lay leaders at University Congregation Church (UCC) began to explore outreach ministry options for responding to unmet community needs. Those conversations led to awareness that the Wichita area was without any program to provide low-income residents with hygiene products.

UCC learned that for persons with very limited incomes, hygiene products are relatively expensive and may be viewed as a secondary need to food and other high-priority living expenses. Morever public assistance such as Food Stamps does not cover purchase of any personal hygiene products, and most food banks do not have these items regularly available. Yet the importance of personal hygiene ranks high in preserving the health of families and children, and enabling adults to participate in the workforce.

The unmet need was compelling, and by October of that year, UCC had forged the community partnerships and provided the seed money that enabled the Head-To-Toe Hygiene Pantry to open its doors for the first time.

Our Partners

The Hygiene Pantry partnership was initiated by University Congregational Church which also brought together vital and ongoing contributions from other community nonprofit organizations.