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Summer Food Programs Receive Grant Funding

By , June 8th, 2016 2:19pm

The Kansas Food Bank is returning as a second year sponsor for the USDA Summer Food Service Program.  This year we have 31 sites across the state that are working under our direction to serve summer meals to kids.  There are requirements to becoming a USDA site and those are based on 50% or more Free and Reduced student meals or by area eligibility.

Our sites provide volunteers to serve the meals as well as a safe environment where kids can come and eat in a congregate setting.  We provide shelf stable meals and milk for the sites to serve.  The sites also help get local donations of fresh fruit for the kids to enjoy either at their meal or they may take that home for later.

ConAgra and Share our Strength both provided grants that the food bank applied for and were awarded.   Since the food part of the program is reimbursed by USDA, grant funds could not be used for food, rather they could be used for outreach and enrichment activities.

ConAgra awarded us $20,000 which helps us provide outreach to the participating communities.  Their gift also covered the cost of our three Summer VISTA workers who are helping us monitor the sites and serve meals.  In addition, the grant is piloting parent meals at four locations.

Share our Strength awarded us $9,355 to assist with outreach and enrichment activities.  With part of this grant we were able to purchase banners which have been a great attention grabber.

Banner at Gridley

Enrichment activity boxes were sponsored by both grants.  Activity boxes include educational materials as well as items for physical activity by the kids.  Boxes have jump ropes, beach balls, washable sidewalk chalk, velcro mitts and balls, flash cards and more!

Activity Boxes 2016

And the final piece of the grants include incentive prizes for the kids.  We will be able to award a new bicycle and helmet to one lucky child at each site.  Every day that kids come and eat they get to enter into a drawing for the bike.  Children have been very excited about this drawing!

Sites, dates and times where we are running the USDA program are:

5-31 to 7-1     Bazine Grade School 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-31 to 7-29  Burlington Rec Center 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-23 to 8-19  Cimarron Public Library 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and snacks from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
5-23 to 8-23  Dighton United Methodist Church 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-31 to 7-29   Downs Swimming Pool 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
6-13 to 8-5     Ellsworth Priesker Park 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
6-29 to 8-19  Eureka Public Library 11:30 am to 12:30 om
5-31 to 7-26   Fort Scott Keyhole 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
5-31 to 7-29   Fort Scott My Father’s House 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
5-31 to 7-29  Fort Scott Senior Center 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
6-6 to 7-29    Girard Public Library 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
6-1 to 7-29    Gridley Public Library 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 7-29  Haviland Swimming Pool 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
6-6 to 7-1       Howard Housing Office 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
5-31 to 8-12  Junction City Dorothy Bramlage Library 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 8-12  Junction City Heritage Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 8-12  Junction City 5th Street Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31- to 8-12  Junction City Regency Mobile Home Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
6-27 to 8-12  Junction City Washington Elementary 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
8-1 to 8-12    Junction City 12th Street Community Center 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 7-29  LaCrosse 60+ Building 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-23 to 7-29  LeRoy Library 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and snacks from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
5-31 to 7-29  Marion Sports and Aquatic Center snacks from 3:00 pm to 3:15 pm
5-31 to 7-28  McCracken United Methodist Church (TWR only)  5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
5-31 to 7-1    Ness City Courthouse Lawn 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-23 to 8-4   Norton Public Library (MTWR only) 10:30 am to 11:30 am and snacks 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
5-23 to 7-1   Ransom Mennonite Church (MWF only) 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
6-1 to 7-1     Tescott United Methodist Church 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-31 to 6-29 Ulysses Russ Binney Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 6-29 Ulysses RJK Rentals 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
5-31 to 6-29 Ulysses Bedrock Mobile Home Park 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

 

 

Kansas Food Bank Helps Reduce Food Waste With Food Rescue Program

By , January 6th, 2016 8:17am

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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

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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

TO ENROLL IN THE COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

  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

Mobile 1 Chanute

 

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

 

foodtweeks-logo

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.

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