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Sixth Annual Feed Kids 5K Run Supports the Food 4 Kids Program

By , July 26th, 2017 10:58am

Aldersgate United Methodist Church is sponsoring their annual 5K run to benefit the Kansas Food Bank on August 5, 2017.

Race information can be found here.

This is a chip-timed, USATF-certified 5k to benefit for the Kansas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program.  Food 4 Kids is a weekend backpack program designed to provide weekend meals for chronically hungry children.  The Kansas Food Bank served over 6,600 children every Friday during the 2016-2017 school year.  They are gearing up for this current school year and the race is a great kick off to get the program started!

Online registration closes August 3rd, but you can register the day of the race.

Includes a gender specific shirt. Register by July 24th to guarantee your choice of shirt size.

Early packet pickup for the race will be Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Friday, August 4th from 4 pm to 6:30 pm.  Packets can also be picked up the morning of the race starting at 7 am.

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at kaylee_francis@hotmail.com

Summer Feeding and Your Kansas Food Bank

By , May 23rd, 2017 8:10am

Cartoon Image: Kids play and enjoy the outdoors and enjoy a nutritious summer meal.

This month, children across our service area will begin summer vacation. While summer vacation is considered to be freedom for many children, for those facing hunger it means losing the one place that they can count on for a meal – school.

For most of the country, the face of hunger is surprising. It does not discriminate against age, race, gender, or ethnicity. It affects working families who are forced to make difficult choices between food and basic necessities such as utilities, medicine, or rent.

The USDA’s Summer Food Service Program will help by providing meals in June and July. Through the SFSP, summer programs can provide up to two healthy meals or snacks per day, five days per week to children and teenagers, 18 years and younger, at approved central sites in low-income areas.   The Kansas Food Bank will be sponsoring meals in the following communities this summer via the USDA program:

Ashland Library: 5/30-7/31, 12:00-12:30
Bazine Grade School:  6/1-6/30, 11:45-12:45
Bucklin Library:  6/5-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Burlington Rec Center:  6/1-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Bushton Methodist Church: 6/1-8/11, 12:00-1:00
Claflin Methodist Church:  6/1-8/11, 12:00-1:00
Dighton Methodist Church:  5/30-8/11, 11:30-12:30
Ellsworth Library:  6/12-8/11, 11:30-12:30
Ford Community Church:  6/5-7/28, 11:30-12:30
Ft Scott Keyhole:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-12:50
Girard Library:  6/5-7/28, 11:30-12:30
Gridley Library:  5/30-7/28, 11:00-12:30
Haviland Swimming Pool:  5/31-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Holyrood St Peters Church:  6/1-8/11, 12:00-1:00
Howard Rebekah Lodge:  5/30-6/9, 11:00-12:00
7/3 and 7/5-7/7, 11:00-12:00
7/31-8/4, 11:00-12:00
Hutchinson – The Clusters:  6/5-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Junction City – 1st Presbyterian:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Junction City – Bramlage Library:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Junction City – Grandview Com Center:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Junction City – Playground Park:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Junction City – Regency Mobile Home:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00
LaCrosse 60+ Building:  5/30-7/28, 12:30-1:30
LeRoy Library:  5/30-7/28, 11:30-1:00
Lorraine Baptist Church:  6/1-8/11, 12:00-1:00
Ness City Courthouse:  MTRF 6/1-6/30, 11:30-12:30
Oberlin Swimming Pool:  6/1-7/28, 12:00-1:30
Sharon Springs Extension:  MWF 6/5-7/21, 12:00-1:00
Ulysses Bedrock Mobile Home:  5/30-7/28, 12:30-1:00
Ulysses Russ Binney Park:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00

This summer we are also helping provide shelf stable meals to ElDorado Lunch Boxes, Kids Need 2 Eat and the city of Wichita for two sites:  Christian Faith Center and Urban Prep Academy.

But, the USDA meal program is only one piece to the hunger puzzle for children during the summer. We also work with our agencies and community partners in several communities across the state to provide meals to kids in locally organized summer feeding programs, where the USDA program is not in place.  Those communities are:  Andover, Ellis, Larned and Tribune.  In addition we work with NEK-CAP to provide summer meals in Belleville, Beloit, Mankato, Osborne and Smith Center.

In Wichita, USD 259 runs the USDA program.  More information can be found here.

For a complete list of meal sites across Kansas, click here.

It’s a busy summer for us, and a more hopeful summer for hungry Kansas kids, thanks to your Kansas Food Bank and our partners across the state.

Eagle Scout Project Provides Great Signage for Mobile Pantries

By , May 11th, 2017 8:37am

Jarret Eagle Scout Project 2017

Jarrett Barton reached out to us regarding his Eagle Scout project almost a year ago.  He was interested in doing something for the Kansas Food Bank and wanted something that would be used a lot and make a difference.

After visiting with him, it was decided that he would like to take on the project of making signs for us that could be used on our mobile pantry distributions.  We wanted and needed something that would be sturdy enough to withstand the Kansas wind, especially in western Kansas.  Plus we needed something that would be easy to transport and store.

Jarrett did his research and came back with a design that was approved.  He then made a mock up sample for us to review.  And the finished product is absolutely amazing!  Jarrett even incorporated a recycled handle into the project as we had requested that he use some sort of recycled material in the project.

Using whiteboard we will be able to write in information on the signs about each specific distribution.  We also wanted our logo on the signs for brand recognition.

Jarrett said the total project took 305 hours to complete.  In the end, we have 15 great new signs to use at our mobile pantry distributions across the state.

We are very proud of Jarrett and want to extend our heartfelt thanks for choosing the Kansas Food Bank for his Eagle Scout Project!

25th Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive was a Success!

By , May 11th, 2017 8:20am

LCFD 2017

Saturday, May 13th, was the 25th annual Letter Carriers Food Drive.  This year was another great success with thousands of pounds of food collected to fill the shelves at the Kansas Food Bank and our partner agencies across the state.

Our sincere “thanks” go out to everyone who helped support this event.

 

 

Filling the Gap for Spring Break

By , March 16th, 2017 8:28am

ftg lunches

Lunch will be available at the following sites for kids to receive a free meal during Spring Break – March 20 to 24.  Lunch will be served between noon and 1:00 p.m.

South/Southwest Locations

Cross Point Church (1515 E. Harry)
Salvation Army Orchard Corps (1910 S. Everett)

Delano Location

New Covenant United Methodist Church (1710 W. Douglas)

North Locations

Evergreen Neighborhood Resource Center (2700 N. Woodland near Arkansas Ave.)
Inter-Faith Ministries Villa Court (930 N. Market)
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (1356 N. Broadway)

Northeast Locations

Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center (2755 E. 19 St. N. at Volutsia)
Dellrose United Methodist Church (1502 N. Dellrose at N. Oliver)
True Word Full Gospel Church (1108 N. Oliver)
Iasis Christian Center (1914 E. 11th St. N.)
Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C. (1502 E. 17th St. N.)

South/Southeast Locations

Colvin Neighborhood Center (2820 S. Roosevelt)
Hilltop Community Center (1329 S. Terrace)
Salvation Army Citadel Corps (1739 S. Elpyco)

West Location

West Heights United Methodist Church (745 N. Westlink just north of Central)

Oaklawn Location

Lighthouse Church (3401 E. 47th St. S)

Haysville Location

Haysville United Methodist Church

(601 E. Grand, Haysville)

 

Neighbor 2 Neighbor Food Drive

By , March 6th, 2017 12:05pm

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The Neighbor to Neighbor annual food drive,  jointly hosted by the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Dillon’s food stores, the Kansas Food Bank, Harvesters – The Community Food Network,  the Second Harvest Community Food Bank and the Kansas agricultural community, started March 1 and runs through the end of the month. Our goal this year is to collect more than 85,000 meals.

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HOW TO DONATE

Visit your local participating Dillon’s Food Store to make a donation to the Neighbor 2 Neighbor food drive. Food and monetary donations will be accepted.

 

 

Food Drives Provide Missing Meals

By , January 4th, 2017 9:09am

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The Holiday Food Drive totals are in.  This year an amazing 108,304 pounds of food was collected during the Holiday Food Drive season!

That equates to over 90,000 meals being provided.

Thank you to everyone who participated in a food drive helping to ensure meals are provided for our hungry neighbors.

Kansas Food Bank Helps Reduce Food Waste With Food Rescue Program

By , January 3rd, 2017 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.

Cox Charities Community Investment Grant Benefits Food 4 Kids Program

By , December 20th, 2016 9:49am

We are pleased to announce that the Food 4 Kids program received $5,000 from the Cox Charities Community Investment Grant for 2016.  The Community Grant provides funds for programs that focus on youth and Food 4 Kids fits the bill.  Every week we provide over 6,000 weekend packets of food to chronically hungry children.  This grant will help us keep children fed when school meals are not available.

Food 4 Kids Program Benefits from GSCF

By , December 17th, 2016 8:54am

December 17, 2016 – The Kansas Food Bank is a pleased to announce that we are a recipient of a $4,000 grant from the Greater Salina Community Foundation.  Funds will be used to provide weekend food packets for chronically hungry children in Saline County via our Food 4 Kids backpack program.  This grant will provide 7,376 meal packets.

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