Since 2003, Santa Fe Waystation has been distributing food to the hungry in our community. When first opened, the pantry served 8 to 10 families each week. Today, that number has grown to serving over 20,000 people per year.
The Pantry, based out of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Overland Park, KS, provides food and basic supplies for families in five counties using resources from federal government (TEFAP), Harvesters, grants, and donations from several organizations, individuals and businesses.
Annually, the Pantry distributes over $500,000 worth of food and supplies. Santa Fe Waystation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a Harvesters A-rated food pantry.
The name Santa Fe means "Sacred Faith" which defines the Christian community from which the waystation was born. The name Waystation is one familiar to the pioneers who traveled the Santa Fe Trail and settled the west in the 19th century. A waystation was a place of rest and comfort for travelers on their journey. Travelers would find a place of welcome where they might stop, rest and take in nourishment before continuing their journey.
We offer a place where those in need might find welcome and help for the journey. We believe the names suit our mission well and hope to remain faithful to its meaning.