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Mobile Hygiene Pantry Ready to Roll

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The Kansas Food Bank will deploy its next Mobile Hygiene Pantry on Saturday, September 20th.

****WE ARE BACK AT COLVIN NEIGHBORHOOD CITY HALL****
2820 S Roosevelt

Distribution time is 9 am to 11 am.

Guests will be asked to provide their address and number of household members.  Limit of 1 visit per household.

For more information please contact Debi Kreutzman at 316-265-3663.

The Great American Milk Drive

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According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated. That will soon change, thanks to The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.

Hunger impacts 1 in 6 Americans, including 12.5 million families who do not have access to adequate nourishment to help them reach their full potential. Hunger has no boundaries and is a problem that exists in urban, suburban and rural communities. 

Map the Meal Gap shows how hunger impacts every county in the country. With its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters throughout the country, Feeding America helps provide food to families in need – including many in Kansas. 

It’s been a challenge for Feeding America to meet the demand for milk due to the lack of donations – canned goods and other non-perishable items are more likely to be donated. Now, it’s going to be easier for Kansas residents to lend a hand and contribute nutritious milk to food insecure families.

With a simple click of a mouse (www.milklife.com/give) or text message (text “Milk” to 27722), it will now be possible to buy much-needed milk and donate it for as little as $5.00 to a family who does not have regular access to milk. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that the milk is delivered from the farm to the Kansas Food Bank.  

Plant a Row

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Don’t forget, the Kansas Food Bank accepts donations of fresh produce.  Is your garden producing this year?  Have too many cucumbers, tomatoes or zucchini?  We accept donations all summer and into the fall of produce.  Our partner agencies always report to us how much their pantry guests enjoy receiving fresh items.  The Kansas Food Bank has made the commitment to offer more fresh, healthy, nutritious produce throughout our network.  Last year we distributed 1.5 million pounds.  So, remember us when your garden gets out of hand, we will put that extra produce to good use!


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Kansas Food Bank Blog

Hunger Action Month Happenings!

By , September 15th, 2014 12:00am

September is Hunger Action Month and we have lots of ways you can help support the Kansas Food Bank!  Check out all these great opportunities.

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Walmart’s Fight Hunger – Spark Change is a great way to help make a $60,000 difference for the Kansas Food Bank.   Every day between September 15 and October 5, we need votes!  And voting is very easy.   Simply go to www.walmart.com/fighthunger and vote for the Kansas Food Bank.  The top 50 Food Banks with the most votes will win $60,000.

Last year when a similar promotion was held, your Kansas Food Bank was a winner of $45,000 for the Food 4 Kids program.

New this year, we are to select a partner agency to receive $15,000 and we have chosen our friends at The Lord’s Diner.  The funds they receive will be used to provide individual shelf stable milk cartons for the children who eat at the Diner or at one of their food trucks.

Voters must have a FaceBook page to vote and can vote daily.  Please be sure and share on your FaceBook page once you have voted and encourage your friends to do the same.

Together we can Fight Hunger – Spark Change!

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Monday – September 22nd, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Join Chipotle at Central and Hillside and “Eat for Change”.  Mention you are there to support the Kansas Food Bank and they will donate 50% of the cost of your dinner to the Kansas Food Bank.

 

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Thursday – September 25th, 5:00 pm to close.  Join both Logan’s Roadhouse restaurants in Wichita to “Raise the Steaks”.  A total of 15% of your purchase will be donated to the Kansas Food Bank.  Simply tell your server you are there to “Raise the Steaks” for the Kansas Food Bank.

In addition you can visit either Logan’s all month and be a “Child Hunger Hero” by donating $1, $3 or $5 while dining.

 

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Monday & Tuesday – September 29th and 30th, all day.  Granite City in west Wichita will be donating 10% of guest sales to the Kansas Food Bank.  Just tell your server you are there to “Dine to Donate”.

 

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Bank of America “Give a Meal” campaign runs now until December 31, 2014.  For every dollar donated, Bank of America will match 2:1.  Be sure and select Kansas Food Bank to receive your donation and the match.

(There is a $1000 donation cap per donor.  Donations can only be from individuals, not companies or foundation.  Credit Card only.)

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Foodtweeks has two missions:  to help people eat better in a sustainable way and to fight hunger in America.

For every calorie users “tweek” form their food using the foodtweeks app on their smartphone, foodtweeks makes a donation the the Kansas Food Bank so we can distribute the same number of calories to feed a hungry family.

Learn more and get the app:  www.foodtweeks.com

 

2014 Hunger in America Study Released

By , August 18th, 2014 12:14pm

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Largest, Most Comprehensive Analysis of Charitable Food Assistance in America Reports more than 215,000 Served by Kansas Food Bank Annually

A new study by the Kansas Food Bank and Feeding America shows that 1 in 7 people, or an estimated 215,300 people, in the Kansas Food Bank’s service area turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. This includes 68,900 children and 19,900 seniors.

The Hunger in America 2014 local findings show that 22,100 people are served each week by agencies supported through the Kansas Food Bank. Accounting for multiple agency visits, 1,468,900 clients turned to Kansas Food Bank network agencies over the course of the year. This means clients are visiting Kansas Food Bank network agencies an average of 7 times a year.

The study documents household demographics and offers a snapshot of the people served by the Kansas Food Bank – their circumstances, the challenges they face and the choices they are forced to make living on extremely limited household incomes. It is also the first nationally-representative study that assesses the prevalence of past and current members of the U.S. Military and adult students receiving charitable food assistance.

Read more and download the full report on our Hunger Stats page.

September is Hunger Action Month

By , August 13th, 2014 8:37am

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September is Hunger Action Month and the Kansas Food Bank will once again host an open house and special volunteer activity day.  This year’s date is Thursday, September 18th.

We are offering tours every half hour.  This is a great opportunity to come get an inside view of all that happens here as we process 12 millions pounds of food a year to help provide for those who experience food insecurity.

Volunteer activities and times will be offered between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.  There will be special packing events that anyone can help with from the young to the young at heart.  From individuals to groups, we should have an activity that anyone can participate in.

We will be doing the following on Hunger Action Day:

  • Packing Food 4 Kids weekend backpack food packets
  • Repacking & labeling cereal in bags

Would you like to do something for Hunger Action Month?  Hold a “Healthy Food” drive!  Help raise money with the Child Hunger Action Hero program!  Talk about hunger in our community!  Do something that says:  I am making a difference!

For information on volunteer times, please contact Larry at 265-3663.