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

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.

Neighborhood of Good® with Lauren Alaina

By , February 13th, 2019 9:40am

We are so proud to be a part of this effort with State Farm’s Neighborhood of Good and Lauren Alaina.  Lauren visited the Kansas Food Bank back in November when she was here in concert at Intrust Bank Arena.  She and several of her fans came in to help pack Food 4 Kids packets and discovered the magic that volunteering here at the food bank brings.

 

Are you #Hardwiredtohelp? The Staff at KFB is!

By , February 1st, 2019 11:42am

Would you like to win a pair of tickets to see Metallica?  Here is how you can do just that!  We will be giving away two pair of tickets to see Metallica on Monday, March 4th at Intrust Bank Arena.

*Join us in celebrating METAL, the band METALLICA that is!

Are you #HardwiredToHelp?

Show us your best 80’s picture or better yet, bring out that 80’s attire and come volunteer with us at the food bank between January 14th and Feb 27th and enter to win a pair of tickets to see Metallica at Intrust Bank Arena on Monday, March 4th.

Every volunteer session will equal one entry.  Bring a friend who has not volunteered here before and earn an additional entry.

The 80’s Staff

Some of us here at the Kansas Food Bank actually lived the metal days of the 80’s long before we became METAL CAN aficionados.

For four weeks leading up to the drawing we will post our “80’s Staff” showing off their best look (from the 80’s of course)!  We will encourage people to drop off canned items during these four weeks to support the staff member who will draw the lucky winners of the two pair of tickets to see Metallica on March 4th.  This will give our staff the opportunity to compete a bit as well, sharing their posts encouraging people to drop off specific canned items.  The 80’s week staff that collected the most pounds will draw the winners.

Week:  February 4            Brian & Becky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week:  February 11             Bruce & Debi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week:  February 18           Kevin & Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week:  February 25           Dave & Pam

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Every CAN makes a difference!

We are looking for specific canned items:

Chunky Soups – all varieties
Ravioli or other meal in one’s
Canned Fruit – light in water

 

Drop off any of the above suggested canned items and enter to win a pair of tickets to see Metallica at Intrust Bank Arena on Monday, March 4th.

 

 

 

 

All Within My Hands Foundation

Metallica will be presenting a $10,000 check to staff members of the Kansas Food Bank on Monday, March 4th prior to their concert at Intrust Bank Arena.  Tickets are on sale now by visiting Intrust Bank Arena website.

Response to Federal Shutdown

By , January 25th, 2019 3:10pm

The Situation:  Thousands of people in our 85-county service area have been impacted by the federal government shutdown. This includes federal employees, contractors who worked for the federal government, SNAP recipients and local businesses who do business with the federal government.

Many of these people may be or have already been forced to make tough decisions between paying the rent/mortgage, paying utilities and other bills and buying food. With the announcement today that the shutdown has temporarily ended, that is a big relief for families affected. However many have immediate food needs now and are unsure of when back pay will be issued.

How is Kansas Food Bank Helping?  Anyone impacted by the government shutdown can visit one of Kansas Food Bank’s network of partner agencies. Our network of food pantries, United Methodist Open Door, Catholic Charities Our Daily Bread, First MCC Table of Hope, Salvation Army, His Helping Hands and more are ready to provide assistance as well and many are expanding guidelines to receive assistance in order to accommodate requests from those impacted by the shutdown. This network also includes food kitchens that provide hot meals onsite such as the Lord’s Diner.

To access dates and locations for any of these food assistance sites, please click here:  2019-01-25_GovShutdownHelpAgencies.

The Kansas Food Bank has provided food boxes for Wichita Airport Authority. There are an estimated 200 Federal employees working at the airport. This includes TSA, Federal Aviation Administration, Customs and Weather Service. Wichita Airport Authority reached out to the Kansas Food Bank asking for help before President Trump made his announcement temporarily ending the shutdown. They are collecting food and hygiene items for airport workers affected by missing their second paycheck in a row. Valerie Wise, Air Service Development and Marketing Manager, said they will monitor when donations are no longer needed.

As always the Kansas Food Bank is ready to assist in any crisis.

Eagle Scout Project Helps Kansas Food Bank

By , November 26th, 2018 9:44am

Eagle Scouts play a big part in helping the Kansas Food Bank. We are so thankful to Joseph Rather for his Eagle Scout project. He made chalkboards for all our agencies. They will be able to post what produce or other special items they have for pantry guests. Joseph had 32 people help him with his project that took almost 80 hours to complete. When asked why he selected the food bank he responded: “I chose the Kansas Food Bank because I know they can always use more help and they make an impact on a bunch of people’s lives.” Thanks Joseph for being a role model and selecting us for your project!

We are “Growing to Serve”!

By , September 13th, 2018 10:58am

We are happy to announce that we have reached and exceeded its $5 million “Growing to Serve” capital campaign goal.  We will use the funds to expand our Wichita warehouse with a 21,000 square foot addition, including a new volunteer center, more warehouse space and more freezer and cooler space to provide more fresh fruits and vegetables throughout our service area.

Kansas Food Bank currently serves 12.3 million meals annually to more than 215,000 unduplicated individuals through more than 700 hunger-relief partners in 85 counties.  When the capital improvements are complete, we expect to increase annual distribution to more than 13.3 million through increased volunteer effort, including doubling fresh produce distribution.  Construction is expected to begin before the end of 2018 and be completed by May 2019.

“With 1 in 7 people in our community in need of food assistance and an increasing number of Kansans who are living with health-related diet restrictions, the Kansas Food Bank realized that the time to act is now,” Brian Walker, President & CEO of KFB said.  “There is a growing need across our service area, especially in the most rural parts of our community, to provide access to healthy food options.  This campaign is in response to the need for additional volunteer space to help fulfill of our mission to provide hunger relief wherever and whenever possible.”

Improvements made as a result of the campaign will also focus on enhancing the volunteer experience at KFB.  With the addition of dedicated work space in the new volunteer center, KFB will be able to accommodate groups of up to 100, five times greater than the number that can currently volunteer at one time.  Volunteers directly impact the distribution process by quickly and efficiently sorting and packaging food for hunger-relief partners across the state.

The campaign launched in late 2016 and has received support from 42 generous individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations.  The lead gift was provided by the Sunderland Foundation of Overland Park, KS.  In grateful recognition of their generosity, the new volunteer center will be named the Sunderland Foundation Volunteer Center.

“As a long-time partner with the Kansas Food Bank, we could not be more grateful for and inspired by the work of this organization in the fight against hunger throughout Kansas,” Kent Sunderland, President of the Sunderland Foundation, said in a written statement.  “We were impressed with the Food Bank’s vision to increase fresh produce distribution to hungry Kansans living in our community’s most rural areas.”

Hunger HURTS

By , September 5th, 2018 1:34pm

During the month of September, HURTS Donut Company in Wichita is helping Phil the Backpack.  Guests can donate $1, $3, $5 or more to help provide funding for the Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program.  Drop by either of the HURTS Donut locations, 7010 W 21st St or 3750 N Woodlawn, and help Phil the Backpack today.  Your donation will ensure chronically hungry children have weekend meals.  In Wichita there are over 1,200 kids who rely on the Food 4 Kids program.  Hunger HURTS and you can help stop hunger today.

Empty Bowls 2018 is Coming – Save the Date!

By , August 27th, 2018 3:58am

 

Mark your calendars!   The Empty Bowls-Wichita 2018 Chili Cook-off is Saturday,October 13th, 11 AM – 1 PM at WSU – Go Create, 4000 E 17th Street N, Wichita KS.

The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots movement to help end hunger. Ceramic artists around the world participate every year—and so does Wichita! Every fall, Wichita State University’s Ceramics Guild, along with Ceramics Media, the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries (ADCI), the Ulrich Museum of Art and many others, work under the leadership of ceramicist and educator Brenda Lichman to raise funds for the Kansas Food Bank.

It all begins with Build-a-Bowl events. Organizations as well as individuals interested in making bowls to donate are invited to ADCI’s Henrion Hall for Community Build-a-Bowl days (Wednesday, August 29th, 4:30–7:30 PM). WSU Ceramics Guild and faculty also take the show on the road visiting Wichita-area elementary, junior high and high schools to have students make one-of-a-kind bowls. These bowls are collected, glazed and fired in preparation for the culminating event—the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off.

On the day of the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off, guests are presented with hundreds of bowls made by artists and community members, and dozens of chilies, soups and delicious desserts to try. Guests pay $20 at the door and select a ceramic bowl to keep. They take their newfound bowl, fill it with chili/soup and eat to their heart’s content.

A jury of local chefs, community leaders and President Bardo diligently sample the chilies and do the hard work of selecting winners for Best Chili, Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili and Best Traditional Chili.

In addition, the event also features the Wichita National Ceramics Invitational exhibtion to benefit Empty Bowls Wichita, held at Reuben Saunders Gallery. This juried exhibition features fine ceramics works by WSU ceramics alumni and professional artists. This is a great way to get a work of art while supporting the effort to end hunger in our community.

Last year (2017), the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off welcomed over 800 people and Empty Bowls Wichita presented $20,000 to the Kansas Food Bank. Empty Bowls Wichita has funded over $60,000, providing 240,000 meals to Kansas communities since 2014. This year will be the biggest yet!

All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Kansas Food Bank.
$20 donation per person/$10 donation per student (with ID)

 

Tour de Food Bank

By , February 8th, 2018 12:54pm

The students from South Breeze Elementary School in Newton joined us for a tour of the food bank this past week.  They had lots of great questions and hopefully learned a little more about food insecurity and how we provide over 12.5 million meals a year.  We always enjoy giving tours to school groups and hope they enjoy seeing our operations.

Staff Training – We all get into it!

By , February 8th, 2018 12:50pm

The Kansas Food Bank staff has an all staff training day recently. Not only did we all get our Serve Safe training updates and new certificates, our warehouse crew had forklift and pallet jack certification.

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