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Diehl Grant - Providing Bus Passes to Help Combat Food Insecurity
















In the spring of 2022, ATA Bus was awarded a Diehl Community Grant through the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. This grant is intended to support projects likely to have a major impact on community efforts in the arts, basic human needs, and youth, located in or impacting a large segment of the population.

ATA Bus works closely with many service organizations in the community and was able to identify the need for easily accessible transportation to help combat food insecurity. To explain further, according to Feeding America, 13.5% of people in Riley County are experiencing Food Insecurity. In order to allow more people to access the organizations and groups in town who can help individuals acquire food, meals, and other resources, ATA Bus applied for funding in order to provide those entities with Bus Passes at no cost. 

With the award of the Grant, it means that many of the helpful organizations in town will be given ATA Bus passes for no charge to provide freely to the individuals they serve who are in need. 

ATA Bus is delighted to have been given this opportunity and feels proud to be able to better the community through this program. 

Partnered Organizations:

Food and Farm Council 

Be Able Community

Salvation Army

Flint Hills Breadbasket

Flint Hills Wellness Coalition

Sunflower CASA

Shepherd's Crossing

Common Table

Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Inc.

If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity, please feel free to contact any of the organizations above for assistance and care. 

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If you are interested in giving back to the community also, stocking the Blessing Box is a great way to do so! There are some helpful instructions below, along with a list of all of the Blessing Boxes located throughout Manhattan so you can find a location that works best for you!

Contact Information

5815 Marlatt Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66503
(785) 537-6345