Urban Community Connections has been fighting the battle against Food Insecurity within the community one household at a time since 2013. The UCC Pantry Program directly serves residence of Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, KS and surrounding cities; by delivering non-perishable and shelf stable food directly to community endeavors for distribution to individuals in need of assistance. UC² we believe in Exponential Results Through Exceptional Connections, we strive to foster relationships with local grocery stores, retailers, and growers to rescue food, which is collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste from places such as restaurants, grocery stores, produce markets, or dining facilities to be distributed through our pantry programs.
Life Skill Connection: Educational programs to increase hunger awareness, cooking and nutrition demonstrations.
UCC's Community Baby Connection, launched in 2016, supports low-income expectant and new parents prepare for the arrival of their new bundle of joy by connecting them to vital resources, while also educating them on safe infant care practices.
Life Skill Connections: Safe Sleep, Spacing, Breast Feeding, Car Seat Safety, and Social Support Courses.
It's a day of Christmas themed fun! Families are encouraged to connect with UCC's "AT NO COST" Christmas in July program, which offers something for everyone! While raising awareness for the valuable resources offered by Urban Community Connections and its Community partners, families are provided with needed resources. Urban Community Connections will be providing new toys and gifts for children and adolescents up to 17 years of age through the UCC Christmas in July Program. Child clients in need, and their siblings, receive donated gifts from Urban Community Connections and community sponsors. Because many of the children have limited resources, Urban Community Connections will also provide basic care items such as undergarments and diapers, oral care kits, learning and activity kits, along with their new age-appropriate toys.
The UCC Hygiene Connection, established in 2017, is the sister program of our Pantry Connection program. The Hygiene Connection aids in the self-worth, dignity, and health of those in need by connecting individuals to personal care items such as toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products and household cleaning items like laundry soap and toilet tissue.
Life Skill Connection: Personal Care & Hygiene & Doing Laundry 101
Introduced in 2020; A variation on the thrift store theme, UCC Community Clothing Closet connects families to needed clothing resources, NEW undergarments and socks, and shoes. Professional and casual clothing AT NO COST.
Life Skills Connection: Proper Undergarment Sizing, College, and Interview Readiness
Annual event established in 2016. The UCC Replenish to Finish program is a play on the traditional back to school fair but is hosted in January. This endeavor is open to the general public and connects students to resources such as school supplies, hygiene items, dental and healthcare to finish out the school year… Replenish to Finish.
1. Adopt-A-Family @ Christmas:
2. Adopt-A-Student @ Christmas:
a. Christmas adoption program where toys and gifts are connected to students within one of UCC’s partner agency schools. Through the UCC Adopt-A-Student program the entire student body within the selected facility is served. Premiering December 2021 with 3 schools in the Hickman Mills District.
i. Projected number of students to be served: 2,100 students
3. Breakfast With Santa: