By Susan Sexton

Lee’s Summit Social Services (LSSS) is a nonprofit organization that assists low-income, elderly, and/or disabled people in Lee’s Summit with emergency needs. Under the direction of Matt Sanning, Executive Director, and his team of dedicated employees and volunteers, LSSS provides food, help with utility bills and prescriptions, baby items, and other important support to those in need.

Some of the items currently needed are peanut butter and jelly, crackers, canned fruit, canned meat, cereal – and other food items for school-age children that provide nutrition without the child having to use a stove or microwave.

Other needed items at this time are corn muffin mix.

LSSS is also accepting back-to-school supplies, backpacks, new jeans and shirts, and new athletic shoes for children starting or returning to school in the fall.

LSSS accepts donations of food and household goods throughout the year. The Thrift Store relies on donations of clothing, furnishings, and other household items.

Donations may be dropped off at 108 S.E. 4th Street in Lee’s Summit Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm or Wednesday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

Volunteers are always needed at LSSS. If you can help, contact the office at 816-525-4357 ext. 106 to see what opportunities await you! Some available opportunities are volunteering your time in the food pantry or community thrift store, helping seasonally with back-to-school and Christmas store opportunities, picking up large items and other donations to LSSS, and helping with clerical work.

To learn more about LSSS and opportunities to volunteer in this generous organization, visit their website at