Kansas Food Bank blog
September is Hunger Action Month and there are several ways you can get involved in the fight against hunger!
We will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, September 17th between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 7 p.m. Come join us for a look at how we strive to feed over 215,000 hungry neighbors each year.
PINTS 2 GALLONS – Did you know that milk is one of the most requested items by food bank clients? On average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year.
This September, help put milk on the table of hungry families by participating in the Pints to Gallons campaign. Pints to Gallons allows our community to become involved in the Great American Milk Drive. Simply fill out this Collection Container request form and make a plan to pick up your collection container(s) from the Kansas Food Bank. The goal is to have all the collection containers returned to the Kansas Food Bank by September 30th, the conclusion of Hunger Action Month. For more details here’s a flyer HelpTurnPintstoGallons Flyer explaining how Pints to Gallons works or you may email our VISTA Rhianna.
SEPTEMBER IS SPOONTEMBER – Cheeky and Target are joining forces to help raise awareness of hunger. Just balance a spoon on your nose, take a selfie and post on social media with #spoontember @FeedingAmerica or @Cheeky_Home. Want a special orange spoon? Stop by the Kansas Food Bank to pick one up, or you can purchase them at Target. For every Cheeky product purchased, a meal will be donated to Feeding America.
CEREAL DRIVE – And since we are on a milk and spoon kick, let’s add some cereal for breakfast! We will be collecting boxed and bagged cereal at the food bank during the month of September. Drop off your donation and help us fill our giant cereal bowl this month. Along with milk, cereal is one of the most requested items that our pantry partners ask for.
DINE 2 DONATE – Granite City East and West locations in Wichita are filling the plate for Hunger Action Month. On Friday, September 18th, they will donate 20% of your total tab when you tell your server you are there to Dine 2 Donate for the Kansas Food Bank. Flyers are available at the food bank or you may show them this image on your smartphone.
Please join us in welcoming three new members to the Kansas Food Bank this summer. Jacob Funschelle, Chisholm Branscum and Miles Thompson are all serving as Summer VISTA’s for ten weeks. They will be assisting with the USDA Summer Feeding Program across the state. We are thrilled to have them on board!
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:
TO ENROLL IN THE COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:
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!)
Here is a look back at our previous locations!
1984: The Kansas Food Bank began operating out of a temporary rented space in Wichita. It partnered with 16 agencies to distribute nutritious food to families, children and seniors experiencing hunger.
1987: The first permanent food distribution center was purchased and opened on East Boston Street.
2006: The Kansas Food Bank moved to its current location on East Douglas Street. The new site is much larger, enabling us to double our food distribution capacity.
Have you ever wondered just how many meals the Kansas Food Bank has helped provide? Well, we happen to have the answer!
Since the very beginning when we started service in 1984, the Kansas Food Bank has helped to provide 124,151,057 meals to hungry families and individuals.
And that is all done with the help of thousands of volunteers and supporters of our work! Thank you for helping make a difference for so many of our hungry neighbors.
What a great way to take advantage of doubling your dollars and help us with the ever increasing number of weekend packets that we provide to nearly 7,000 children every Friday during the school year.
The Kansas Food Bank will be closed beginning at NOON on Wednesday December 24th for the Christmas Holiday so our employees may enjoy time with their families. We will reopen on Monday, December 29th.
Our HungerCare partner the Lord’s Diner in Wichita will be open and providing an evening meal to anyone in need every night at both of their locations:
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.)
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.
Use Promo Code ‘KANSASFB’ when you setup the app on your phone to designate your donations for us, and double them!
Learn more and get the app: www.foodtweeks.com
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.