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 28,000 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 approximately $1,000,000 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 "Holy 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.
The Santa Fe Waystation (SFW), located at St. Mark's United Methodist Church on the Santa Fe Trail, offers a food pantry, social, educational and wellness resources in the Kansas City area. Our goal is to connect our guests with the services they require.
SFW follows the weather-related openings and closings of the Shawnee Mission School District.
The pantry will be closed both morning and evening sessions, if schools are closed because of inclement weather.
In the event of snow and/or ice on a Monday when schools are scheduled to be closed, please check the website or our Facebook page (Santa Fe Waystation) for up-to-date information.
Should an emergency situation occur while SFW is in progress the guests and volunteers will follow the St. Mark’s Emergency Procedures posted in the pantry
Cindy Beals, Executive Director
Joan Robinson, Board Chair
Linda Hageman, Secretary
John Robinson, Treasurer
Tom Barrett, Member at Large
Jane Doerflinger, Member at Large
Keith Grochowski, Member at Larger
Jim Hammons, Member at Large
Diane Zwart, Member at Large
Kevin Zwart, Member at Large