Shawnee Mission looks to connect families in need with resource providers

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The rising toll of poverty in Johnson County over the past 15 years has been the subject of considerable discussion and planning over the past few years.

Now, the Shawnee Mission School District is attempting to connect families that may be struggling to provide basic food, medical care and other necessities with resources that can help.

The district this month launched SMSD Resource Connection on its website, providing links to area non-profits and government agencies that offer various forms of assistance.

“We want each student to come to school safe, healthy and ready to learn,” said Superintendent Jim Hinson at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. “This is a helpful step to making that possible.”

The site has lists of resources for 11 categories: clothing centers, dental care, educational resources, eye care, financial resources, food pantries, housing and homelessness resources, medical care, medication, mental health, and utility assistance.

You can find the resources webpage here.