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USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Sites Open Across the State

USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Summer is a tough time for families across the state as kids leave the safety net of the school lunch program. Part of our strategy to combat this issue is to operate summer feeding sites across the state in partnership with the USDA and the Kansas Department for Children and Families, and many wonderful community organizations and their dedicated volunteers. Click through to learn more about the program, and to find sites near you where kids can eat free this summer.

Save the Date – Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive is May 14th

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Saturday, May 14th is the upcoming Letter Carriers Food Drive.  This is the largest one day food drive for the Kansas Food Bank.  Be sure and plan ahead and leave your gift of non-perishable items by your mailbox for your mail carrier to bring to the Kansas Food Bank.  And keep your eye out for those special blue collection bags.  Select communities in our service area will have bags to make things even more convenient for you!

Sort Room Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Week 2016

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

Summer is coming and we are gearing up with volunteer opportunities!  As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we would like to share some of the available opportunities that will be crucial in helping us continue to provide the best HungerCare we can this summer.  Come check out how you can be of assistance all summer long!

We have several opportunities for volunteers to assist us in the sort room.Daily we rescue food and before we can distribute it, product needs to be inspected and sorted to ensure food is safe for consumption before distributing it. Whether you’re a group or an individual, we are always in need of volunteers to assist with the sort process. Volunteers will work in shifts sorting canned and dry goods as well as beverage and hygiene items.Shift times are available daily Monday – Friday
(We need up to ten volunteers per hour)
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
8:00 am to 12:00 pm

HOW WE SORT

1. INSPECT 2. SORT 3. BUILD
* Inspection of product
* Sorting good product into final categories
* Building boxes of final categories
* Trash and box runners
* Clean up

SAFETY RULES
* No children under the age of 18
* Closed toe shoes must be worn at all times (Please dress appropriately for warehouse work – t-shirts/polos, pants/jeans, sneakers/boots)
* No bags/purses in the warehouse
* Please do not wear loose jewelry
* No food or drink in the warehouse

Must have the ability to stand during shift and have the ability lift 40-50 pound boxes.

Contact Rhianna at 316-265-3663 for information on scheduling or via email volunteer@kansasfoodbank.org.


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Kansas Food Bank Blog

Summer Food Programs Receive Grant Funding

By , June 8th, 2016 2:19pm

The Kansas Food Bank is returning as a second year sponsor for the USDA Summer Food Service Program.  This year we have 31 sites across the state that are working under our direction to serve summer meals to kids.  There are requirements to becoming a USDA site and those are based on 50% or more Free and Reduced student meals or by area eligibility.

Our sites provide volunteers to serve the meals as well as a safe environment where kids can come and eat in a congregate setting.  We provide shelf stable meals and milk for the sites to serve.  The sites also help get local donations of fresh fruit for the kids to enjoy either at their meal or they may take that home for later.

ConAgra and Share our Strength both provided grants that the food bank applied for and were awarded.   Since the food part of the program is reimbursed by USDA, grant funds could not be used for food, rather they could be used for outreach and enrichment activities.

ConAgra awarded us $20,000 which helps us provide outreach to the participating communities.  Their gift also covered the cost of our three Summer VISTA workers who are helping us monitor the sites and serve meals.  In addition, the grant is piloting parent meals at four locations.

Share our Strength awarded us $9,355 to assist with outreach and enrichment activities.  With part of this grant we were able to purchase banners which have been a great attention grabber.

Banner at Gridley

Enrichment activity boxes were sponsored by both grants.  Activity boxes include educational materials as well as items for physical activity by the kids.  Boxes have jump ropes, beach balls, washable sidewalk chalk, velcro mitts and balls, flash cards and more!

Activity Boxes 2016

And the final piece of the grants include incentive prizes for the kids.  We will be able to award a new bicycle and helmet to one lucky child at each site.  Every day that kids come and eat they get to enter into a drawing for the bike.  Children have been very excited about this drawing!

Sites, dates and times where we are running the USDA program are:

5-31 to 7-1     Bazine Grade School 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-31 to 7-29  Burlington Rec Center 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-23 to 8-19  Cimarron Public Library 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and snacks from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
5-23 to 8-23  Dighton United Methodist Church 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-31 to 7-29   Downs Swimming Pool 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
6-13 to 8-5     Ellsworth Priesker Park 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
6-29 to 8-19  Eureka Public Library 11:30 am to 12:30 om
5-31 to 7-26   Fort Scott Keyhole 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
5-31 to 7-29   Fort Scott My Father’s House 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
5-31 to 7-29  Fort Scott Senior Center 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
6-6 to 7-29    Girard Public Library 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
6-1 to 7-29    Gridley Public Library 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 7-29  Haviland Swimming Pool 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
6-6 to 7-1       Howard Housing Office 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
5-31 to 8-12  Junction City Dorothy Bramlage Library 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 8-12  Junction City Heritage Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 8-12  Junction City 5th Street Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31- to 8-12  Junction City Regency Mobile Home Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
6-27 to 8-12  Junction City Washington Elementary 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
8-1 to 8-12    Junction City 12th Street Community Center 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 7-29  LaCrosse 60+ Building 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-23 to 7-29  LeRoy Library 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and snacks from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
5-31 to 7-29  Marion Sports and Aquatic Center snacks from 3:00 pm to 3:15 pm
5-31 to 7-28  McCracken United Methodist Church (TWR only)  5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
5-31 to 7-1    Ness City Courthouse Lawn 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-23 to 8-4   Norton Public Library (MTWR only) 10:30 am to 11:30 am and snacks 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
5-23 to 7-1   Ransom Mennonite Church (MWF only) 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
6-1 to 7-1     Tescott United Methodist Church 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-31 to 6-29 Ulysses Russ Binney Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 6-29 Ulysses RJK Rentals 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
5-31 to 6-29 Ulysses Bedrock Mobile Home Park 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

 

 

Kansas Food Bank Helps Reduce Food Waste With Food Rescue Program

By , January 6th, 2016 8:17am

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Here is a great story about how the Kansas Food Bank is helping reduce food waste every day while helping feed people.  Recently Heartland Health Monitor Bryan Thompson spent time with our of our drivers on the road seeing exactly what we do as part of our food rescue program.

Community Rewards from Dillons

By , January 4th, 2016 2:47pm

Dillons

Many people have asked us if the Kansas Food Bank is part of the new Dillons Community Rewards program and the answer is yes!

Our number is 86065 or you may simply search for Kansas Food Bank.

A customer must have 3 things to register and begin supporting KANSAS FOOD BANK:

  • A Plus card, which is available at any store by asking an associate
  • A valid email address, which can be obtained from any free online service and can be anonymous
  • A personalized account at our website, which again can be anonymous

TO ENROLL IN THE COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

  1. Members must visit our website at www.dillons.com/communityrewards
  2. Sign in OR Create an account
  3. Click on “Enroll Now”
  4. Enter the 5-digit NPO and search
  5. Select your Organization and click on “Enroll”

That is all shoppers need to do.  From there, donations will be distributed to the Kansas Food Bank on a quarterly basis.  (Just a note, you do have to re-enroll every February!)