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How you can get help

On the Couch

Caring Committee

Emergency financial assistance for families facing crisis situations may be available to pay for utilities, rent, or prescriptions. If you live in the North Topeka or Oakland areas, please call 785-286-1370 and leave your contact information. Someone from our Caring Committee will contact you.

  • Limited funds for emergency assistance

  • Food baskets

  • Essentials such as hygiene items, laundry soap, and paper goods

  • Bibles


To receive Operation Backpack Weekend Food Sacks, please fill out this form:

Operation Backpack

TNO began its Operation Backpack Ministry in 2006 and now serves Weekend Food Sacks to 871 children every week at 14 area schools and community centers to ensure children have food every day of the week.

Our mission is to “Feed the Mind, Body & Spirit” of children in our own backyard. To ensure the nutritional needs of children are met when school is not in session, the program provides a small sack of food for youth to take home for the weekend. The food sack contains a two-day supply of nutritional, kid-friendly snacks and single-serving size food items that are easy for youth to prepare. 

Priority determination for the program is given to families who receive free or reduced-price lunches and are single parents, working parents, foster/adoptive parents, grandparent parents, or disabled parents. 

To receive Operation Backpack Weekend Food Sacks, please fill out the online form.


VIP Senior Luncheons

If you are age 55 and over, please join us for a free lunch and fellowship. Our VIP Senior Luncheons are held every Wednesday at The Topeka Church of the Brethren at 3201 NW Rochester Road, Topeka.

  • Bible study begins at 10:30 am

  • Delicious homemade meal is served at 12:00 pm

  • Enjoy Christian fellowship

  • Birthday celebrations

  • Monthly blood pressure checks

J.A.M. "Jesus and Me" 
After School Club

Oakland and North Topeka children in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to our after-school club. We meet every Friday from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at Garfield Community Center to share bible stories, crafts, music, games, and snacks. This is a safe place to grow together in friendship and faith.

Seasonal Outreach

Many times throughout the year TNO will offer assistance during the holidays. Please contact us if you would like to be notified when these special events take place.

  • School Supply Giveaway

  • Thanksgiving Food Boxes

  • Christmas Adoption

  • Easter Outreach & Meal

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