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Empty Bowls Event to Benefit Kansas Food Bank – October 22nd, 11 am to 2 pm

By , September 28th, 2016 10:11am
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Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off is one of fall’s finest events. Join the fight against hunger in our community!

In exchange for your $20 donation, you choose a bowl to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Select your favorite bowl from hundreds of handmade ceramic vessels, fill it to the brim with over 50 varieties of chili donated by chili lovers and local celebrity chefs, and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon.

Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off offers an incredible selection of handmade bowls, a variety of tasty chilis (vegetarian/vegan chilis and soups are available) and a silent auction of fine ceramic works.

Join the fight against hunger in our community and enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and art. All proceeds benefit the Kansas Food Bank.

Co-sponsored by WSU Ceramics Guild, WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries, Ulrich Museum of Art, and KMUW.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 | 11 A.M. – 2 P.M.
$20 General public | $10 Students
Admission includes one ceramic bowl of your choice and chili

And it’s not too late if you would like to enter the chili contest!  Awards will be given to contestants in the Individual Chili entries.  For more information contact Brenda Lichman at brenda.lichman@wichita.edu or (940) 453-6834.
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Kansas Food Bank Helps Reduce Food Waste With Food Rescue Program

By , January 6th, 2016 8:17am

dave at dillons


Here is a great story about how the Kansas Food Bank is helping reduce food waste every day while helping feed people.  Recently Heartland Health Monitor Bryan Thompson spent time with our of our drivers on the road seeing exactly what we do as part of our food rescue program.

Community Rewards from Dillons

By , January 4th, 2016 2:47pm


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:

  • A Plus card, which is available at any store by asking an associate
  • A valid email address, which can be obtained from any free online service and can be anonymous
  • A personalized account at our website, which again can be anonymous


  1. Members must visit our website at www.dillons.com/communityrewards
  2. Sign in OR Create an account
  3. Click on “Enroll Now”
  4. Enter the 5-digit NPO and search
  5. Select your Organization and click on “Enroll”

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!)


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





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


2014 Hunger in America Study Released

By , August 18th, 2014 12:14pm


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.

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