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Get Your Kansas Food Bank T-shirt for Only $10!

By , November 26th, 2019 10:57am

 

Perfect as a Holiday gift for someone or for yourself, we have Kansas Food Bank t-shirts!

Hunger Hero or Volunteers shirts are now available for only $10 each.  Sizes are small to xxxlg.

What a great way to show your support of the Kansas Food Bank!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Drives are in Full Force

By , November 13th, 2019 10:57am

Food drives are happening all over Wichita to help us stock the shelves of our partner agencies this Holiday Season.  The kids at Maize High School got really creative for their food drive entitled “Stuff the Turkey”.   We are anxious to see how much they can collect.

If you would like to host a food drive, please give us a call at 265-3663.

Volunteer Center Grand Opening

By , September 3rd, 2019 11:26am

 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE GRAND OPENING
OF
THE SUNDERLAND FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER CENTER

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

KANSAS FOOD BANK
1919 E. DOUGLAS AVE., WICHITA, KS 67211

 

Read the Press Release:

 

KANSAS FOOD BANK TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE FOR ITS NEW VOLUNTEER CENTER

WHAT: Kansas Food Bank will hold an open house event on September 6th to celebrate the opening of its new $5 million expansion which has added 21,000 square feet of space to the existing warehouse.  This expansion includes a new volunteer center that will provide dedicated volunteer space for the thousands of volunteers that donate their time each year.  It also increased cooler capacity so more fresh fruits and vegetables can be distributed to food insecure Kansans throughout the Food Banks 85-county service area.  The public is invited to attend.

WHO:            

Doug Jenkins, Board Chair, Kansas Food Bank
Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers, State of Kansas
Mayor Jeff Longwell, City of Wichita
Bishop Carl Kemme, Roman Catholic Diocese Wichita
Brian Walker, President & CEO, Kansas Food Bank

WHEN:

Friday, September 6, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting, Media Event and Dedication at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:

Kansas Food Bank
Sunderland Family Foundation Volunteer Center
1919 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67211

“Just one year ago, we announced the ground breaking for this new facility” said Brian Walker, President & CEO of the Kansas Food Bank.  “It is been a great year watching the new building take shape and we are so excited to be able to open the doors and expand upon our mission of providing missing meals for our neighbors in need.”

Throughout the day there will be several activities happening:

  • Tours of the new facility will be available all day long.
  • Produce Packing Stations will be set up for guests to step in line and help pack food that will be distributed next week.
  • The Lord’s Diner will have their food truck on site during lunch showcasing the Retail Food Rescue Program that the Kansas Food Bank facilitates.  Taco Salad will be served.
  • Logo Depot will be onsite between 5 pm and 6 pm with their “Free t-shirt Friday promo”. They are encouraging those seeking a Wichita Flag t-shirt to bring a jar of peanut butter to donate.
  • Dillons will be providing celebratory cake and punch throughout the day.

September is Hunger Action Month and the Kansas Food Bank Board and staff are thrilled to share this new chapter with everyone.

CONTACTS: Brian Walker, Kansas Food Bank, 316-265-3663, bwalker@kansasfoodbank.org

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Construction Update

By , July 15th, 2019 10:56am

It is so exciting to see the new building take shape!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Racking is going in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concrete is being poured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should not be long before we can move in and Grow to Serve!

CHS to Match Summer Gifts to Fight Hunger

By , July 15th, 2019 10:50am

 

Have you heard? Thanks to CHS, your gift will DOUBLE until we reach our $67,000 goal! This opportunity could not have come at a better time. With school meal programs on break right now, we are working hard to connect children and families with healthy food. Please join this exciting campaign TODAY! https://secure.qgiv.com/for/kfb/event/803372/

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.”

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