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Kansas Food Bank Receives Record-Setting Donation from Delta Dental of Kansas

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By , March 21st, 2019 11:41am

WICHITA – Today, the Kansas Food Bank will receive the largest one-time operational donation in its history thanks to Delta Dental of Kansas.

The $500,000 donation will focus on providing fresh fruit and vegetables and additional healthy foods choices such as low sodium and whole grain options for urban and rural communities throughout the state.

“March is National Nutrition month and we are pleased to announce this donation to help provide healthy, nutritional options for kids and families across Kansas,” said Michael J. Herbert, President and CEO, Delta Dental of Kansas. “Food choices have a direct impact on oral health – especially in children.  We are honored to partner with the Kansas Food Bank to help distribute more healthy and fresh food options to those in need throughout our state.”

Fresh fruit and vegetables are often the most expensive and perishable items on any grocery list. This means those are the first to get cut when food budgets are tight.  Many of the families who will be served by this program had very limited access to healthy food choices on a regular basis.

The donation will be used for the summer programs in rural areas of the state and to increase distribution of healthy food choices across the Kansas Food Bank’s 73,000 square mile service area.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of Delta Dental of Kansas,” said Brian Walker, President & CEO, Kansas Food Bank. “This historical donation will provide new healthy food choices for thousands of families in our state. It will allow us to take our program to the next level with more nutritious and fresh options and new distribution locations statewide.”

Delta Dental of Kansas is a long-time supporter of the Kansas Food Bank providing thousands of dental care kits for backpacks each year to continue oral health education for Kansans.

For more information about Delta Dental of Kansas go to www.deltadentalks.com.