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A Look Back Over the Past 30 Years

By , January 5th, 2015 10:10am

Here is a look back at our previous locations!

Very first building

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.

Second Bldg on Boston

1987:  The first permanent food distribution center was purchased and opened on East Boston Street.

Current building

 

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.

A Bit of Food Bank Trivia!

By , January 5th, 2015 9:05am

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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.

Mobile Pantry Schedule – 2015

By , January 5th, 2015 9:00am

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Team Kansas Food Bank is gearing up for our next Mobile Pantry trip.

  • Thursday, January 15, Minneola, 11:30 AM – Methodist Church
  • Thursday, January 22, Concordia, TBD – 81 Club

A Matching Grant Opportunity for Food 4 Kids – $75,000!

By , December 1st, 2014 8:00am

Logo:  Food 4 KidsJust in time for the holiday season, our friends at Cargill have offered to match funding for our Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program up to $75,000.

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.

Click here to have your donation count towards this matching opportunity!

Holiday Hours for the Kansas Food Bank

By , November 25th, 2014 10:01am

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:

  • Downtown – 520 N Broadway (the corner of Central and Broadway)  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • South – 2825 S Hillside (just past Joyland) 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Give a Meal

By , September 15th, 2014 12:00am

 

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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.)

www.bankofamerica.com/give

 

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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

 

2014 Hunger in America Study Released

By , August 18th, 2014 12:14pm

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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

By , August 13th, 2014 8:37am

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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.

 

The Great American Milk Drive

By , August 13th, 2014 7:17am

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According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated. That will soon change, thanks to The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.

Hunger impacts 1 in 6 Americans, including 12.5 million families who do not have access to adequate nourishment to help them reach their full potential. Hunger has no boundaries and is a problem that exists in urban, suburban and rural communities. 

Map the Meal Gap shows how hunger impacts every county in the country. With its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters throughout the country, Feeding America helps provide food to families in need – including many in Kansas. 

It’s been a challenge for Feeding America to meet the demand for milk due to the lack of donations – canned goods and other non-perishable items are more likely to be donated. Now, it’s going to be easier for Kansas residents to lend a hand and contribute nutritious milk to food insecure families.

With a simple click of a mouse (www.milklife.com/give) or text message (text “Milk” to 27722), it will now be possible to buy much-needed milk and donate it for as little as $5.00 to a family who does not have regular access to milk. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that the milk is delivered from the farm to the Kansas Food Bank.  

Taco Bell & Pizza Hut Invite You to “Be a Child Hunger Hero”

By , July 16th, 2014 9:43am

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Our friends at Taco Bell and Pizza Hut have joined us for the “Be a Child Hunger Hero” promotion.  Running July 16, 2014 to August 12, 2014 participating restaurants are encouraging their guests to help local children in their community who experience hunger.  Guests can donate $1, $3, $5 or the amount of their choice while dining at Taco Bell or Pizza Hut.  And guests can even donate at the drive thru!

All funds raised will be utilized for the Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program.  Be on the lookout for specially marked signs in your community and “Be a Child Hunger Hero” today!

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