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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

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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

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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.

Volunteers Have Answered the Call!

By , December 13th, 2016 4:01pm

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We have had an overwhelming response to the call needing volunteers.  We have had so much response that right now we are scheduling into next year!  Our deepest “THANKS” to everyone who helped us pack Food 4 Kids packets so we could get all our deliveries made this month.  And an even bolder “THANKS” to those groups that let us reschedule them when we needed to.  We could not do what we do without such dedicated and compassionate volunteers.

For more information and to schedule in 2017 please contact Larry at 265-3663.

UBER Makes Getting Food To Us EASY!

By , December 13th, 2016 4:00pm

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This Thursday, we’re working UBER to collect food donations for people in need this holiday season-join us! t.uber.com/ksgiveback

On Thursday, December 8, UBER will be hitting the streets and collecting your donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items. They will then bring your donations, free of charge, to the Kansas Food Bank.
GIVE BACK:

Fire up your app on Thursday, December 8th, from 11am-2pm
Slide right at the bottom of your screen and select the ‘GIVING’ option
Request! If matched, we’ll be curbside in minutes to collect your donations
New to Uber? Use promo code GIVEWICHITA to get $20 off your first ride!

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.

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