Community is at the heart of everything we do. As COVID-19 begins to have an increasingly significant impact on the Hays community, we are compiling existing resources, opportunities, and community response examples to help you stay safe and well during this crisis.


Downtown Hays businesses are here for you. Your safety is our top concern and all of us on The Bricks are taking extra precautions. Many of our small businesses cannot work from home and are struggling to maintain our amazing staff & overhead as foot traffic is decreasing during this pandemic. Please remember us on the Bricks before you shop online. Please check out & Shop our social media pages, place phone orders with us, ask for curbside pickup or shipping, or schedule private appointments. 


Together with the help of all our amazing customers we will get through this and continue to make "The Bricks" a home in downtown Hays.


We are updating this page frequently so please keep checking back for the latest information.

A constantly changing list of business hours and offerings.

Thank you for supporting our local, small businesses.

This link will open a google document with multiple tabs. Please access the tab describing the type of business you are seeking information on.

Kansas Main Street Resource Center

As NMSC President and CEO Patrice Frey stated in her letter to the Network last Friday, "Community is at the heart of everything we do." To support our community of Main Street programs during the COVID-19 crisis, they have launched a new resource center webpage to help Main Streets navigate the unique challenges facing our communities during this unprecedented time.

A constantly changing list of restaurant hours and offerings.

Thank you for supporting our local, small businesses.

This link will open a google document with multiple tabs. Please access the tab describing the type of business you are seeking information on.

Hays Chamber

The Hays Chamber is working diligently to be a conduit of information for businesses and the Hays community during the COVID-19 crisis.  Keeping our community safe and vital is our top priority.  We are working with health care providers, schools, restaurants, retailers, banks, daycare providers, state agencies, and other partners to collect resources.


The Hays Chamber: “Connecting Business.  Advancing Community.”

Breathe Coffee House

Do you have health concerns that make going to the grocery store a riskier decision right now?

Fill out this form and volunteers from Breathe Coffee will pick up groceries and drop them off on your doorstep for you.


You're not alone. We're all in this together.

If you're not able to afford groceries, fill out the form anyway. We'll figure out a way to assist you.

Breathe can be reached at (785) 621-4080 if you need help filling out the form or just need someone to talk to.

Food Pantries In Ellis County 

First Call for Help of Ellis County
617 E 13th St.
M-F 8am - 12pm and 1pm - 4:30pm
One food box per family every 30 days
Also, please watch their Facebook page for updates

Catholic Charities
122 E 12th St.
M-T 8am-5pm
F 8am - 2:30pm
One food box per family, every 30 days

Salvation Army of Ellis County

203 E 7th Street 

Please call the office number at 785-621-2794 and we will do your paperwork over the phone and set up appointment times. We are still continuing to distribute items through the paper pantry by appointment only. At this time, we are able to assist with food and medicine

St. Joseph Food Pantry
215 W 13th
1st and 3rd Saturday of every month
9am - 12pm

Unite Ministries
M - T - T- S 7pm - 11pm
Food pantry

New Life Center
1701 E 22nd
M - T 9am-12pm and 1pm - 5pm
Food pantry

Community Assistance Center
208 E 12th
M - F 7:30am - 1pm
Documentation IS required - 785-625-9110

Smokin Co BBQ
Please message them on Facebook if you are concerned about children going without a meal

Genoa Pharmacy,

inside High Plains Mental Health Center
208 East 7th Street
M-F 8:30-5:00p

Offering free sack breakfasts and lunches while supplies last because of school cancellations.

USD 489

High Plains Mental Health

Most services at High Plains Mental Health will be telephone/teleconference until early April. If you need assistance, please see the resources below.

  • 24/7 Crisis Hotline 1 (800) 432-0333

  • Suicide Prevention hotline - 1 (800) 273-8255

  • Text Crisis Line - 741741

  • Free access to "7 cups of tea" - Interactive app with learning tool and active listeners through private messaging and group chat - Ages 13 & up 
    Pass code: highplains

United Way of Ellis County Relief Fund





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