Starting August 23rd, Dillon’s stores across Central Kansas are teaming up with the Kansas Food Bank to kick off the school year raising funds for the Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program. Shoppers have the option to donate at the cash register with $1, $5 and $10 scan cards.
The Food 4 Kids Backpack Program is designed to provide nutritious meals to children living in food-insecure households during non-school hours, specifically weekends. Through the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, children can receive one of the most basic and important needs – nutritious food. Special packs are filled with foods kids can “open and eat,” such as peanut butter, crackers, raisins, juice boxes, cereal, beans and franks, and granola bars. These packs are then distributed to food-insecure children every Friday, to provide nutrition all weekend long.
Visit your local Dillons Store to help fill a backpack and feed a hungry child now through September 6th.
Participating stores are located in: Wichita, Andover, Arkansas City, Augusta, Derby, El Dorado, Hutchinson, Mulvane, Newton, Winfield, and Wellington.
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 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.