Mark your calendars. May 9th is the annual Letter Carriers food drive. This is the 23rd year for their Stamp Out Hunger food drive which will benefit the Kansas Food Bank. Letter carriers throughout Wichita will be delivering post cards and bags to all homes in the city. Residents are asked to fill their bags with non-perishable food items that their letter carrier will retrieve and return to the Kansas Food Bank. All of the food that is collected is then equitably distributed back to the pantry agencies that are served by the Kansas Food Bank. So be sure and fill your bag and leave for your letter carrier on May 9th!
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:
- Members must visit our website at www.dillons.com/communityrewards
- Sign in OR Create an account
- Click on “Enroll Now”
- Enter the 5-digit NPO and search
- 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!)
Here is a look back at our previous locations!
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.
1987: The first permanent food distribution center was purchased and opened on East Boston Street.
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.
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.
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
Just 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!
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
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
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.
September is Hunger Action Month and the Kansas Food Bank will once again host an open house and special volunteer activity day. This year’s date is Thursday, September 18th.
We are offering tours every half hour. This is a great opportunity to come get an inside view of all that happens here as we process 12 millions pounds of food a year to help provide for those who experience food insecurity.
Volunteer activities and times will be offered between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. There will be special packing events that anyone can help with from the young to the young at heart. From individuals to groups, we should have an activity that anyone can participate in.
We will be doing the following on Hunger Action Day:
- Packing Food 4 Kids weekend backpack food packets
- Repacking & labeling cereal in bags
Would you like to do something for Hunger Action Month? Hold a “Healthy Food” drive! Help raise money with the Child Hunger Action Hero program! Talk about hunger in our community! Do something that says: I am making a difference!
For information on volunteer times, please contact Larry at 265-3663.