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Hunger Action Month Happenings!

By , September 15th, 2014 12:00am

September is Hunger Action Month and we have lots of ways you can help support the Kansas Food Bank!  Check out all these great opportunities.

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Walmart’s Fight Hunger – Spark Change is a great way to help make a $60,000 difference for the Kansas Food Bank.   Every day between September 15 and October 5, we need votes!  And voting is very easy.   Simply go to www.walmart.com/fighthunger and vote for the Kansas Food Bank.  The top 50 Food Banks with the most votes will win $60,000.

Last year when a similar promotion was held, your Kansas Food Bank was a winner of $45,000 for the Food 4 Kids program.

New this year, we are to select a partner agency to receive $15,000 and we have chosen our friends at The Lord’s Diner.  The funds they receive will be used to provide individual shelf stable milk cartons for the children who eat at the Diner or at one of their food trucks.

Voters must have a FaceBook page to vote and can vote daily.  Please be sure and share on your FaceBook page once you have voted and encourage your friends to do the same.

Together we can Fight Hunger – Spark Change!

 

 

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Monday & Tuesday – September 29th and 30th, all day.  Granite City in west Wichita will be donating 10% of guest sales to the Kansas Food Bank.  Just tell your server you are there to “Dine to Donate”.  Or you may print off this flyer to give to your server:  Granite City 2014

 

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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

 

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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.

September is Hunger Action Month

By , August 13th, 2014 8:37am

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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.

 

The Great American Milk Drive

By , August 13th, 2014 7:17am

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According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated. That will soon change, thanks to The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.

Hunger impacts 1 in 6 Americans, including 12.5 million families who do not have access to adequate nourishment to help them reach their full potential. Hunger has no boundaries and is a problem that exists in urban, suburban and rural communities. 

Map the Meal Gap shows how hunger impacts every county in the country. With its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters throughout the country, Feeding America helps provide food to families in need – including many in Kansas. 

It’s been a challenge for Feeding America to meet the demand for milk due to the lack of donations – canned goods and other non-perishable items are more likely to be donated. Now, it’s going to be easier for Kansas residents to lend a hand and contribute nutritious milk to food insecure families.

With a simple click of a mouse (www.milklife.com/give) or text message (text “Milk” to 27722), it will now be possible to buy much-needed milk and donate it for as little as $5.00 to a family who does not have regular access to milk. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that the milk is delivered from the farm to the Kansas Food Bank.  

Taco Bell & Pizza Hut Invite You to “Be a Child Hunger Hero”

By , July 16th, 2014 9:43am

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Our friends at Taco Bell and Pizza Hut have joined us for the “Be a Child Hunger Hero” promotion.  Running July 16, 2014 to August 12, 2014 participating restaurants are encouraging their guests to help local children in their community who experience hunger.  Guests can donate $1, $3, $5 or the amount of their choice while dining at Taco Bell or Pizza Hut.  And guests can even donate at the drive thru!

All funds raised will be utilized for the Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program.  Be on the lookout for specially marked signs in your community and “Be a Child Hunger Hero” today!

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Baxter Springs Tornado Relief Effort

By , April 29th, 2014 4:49pm

baxterphotocollageBrian and Frank made the trip down to Baxter Springs today taking some much needed supplies to our agency at Trinity Worship Center.  They are a soup kitchen and pantry that serves a hot meal to the community every Monday through Friday.  Normally, they serve about 180 meals a night, including many take-home meals for the home-bound, disabled, and elderly in their community.  To meet the need, they are now open and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It was a bit chaotic yesterday morning as you might imagine, but for lunch they had between 500 and 600 hot meals served, and 300 some served for dinner, all while running their freezers on generators waiting for the power to be restored.  From one of the members of their team of fantastic volunteers:  “We’re doers, but this being right in the middle of friends, family, and loved ones is hard in a different way.  We’ll do it all joyfully, but being held up in prayer right now would be such a blessing.”  Please keep them, and the victims of this disaster, in your thoughts and prayers as we move forward with recovery efforts.

Stamp Out Hunger – A Success!

By , April 2nd, 2014 7:59am

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The National Letter Carriers Food Drive was a success again this year collecting over 300,000 pounds of food for the Kansas Food Bank and our partner agencies.  Our “THANKS” to everyone who donated and participated.  This is the largest one day food drive that helps stock pantry shelves for the busy summer months.

Filling the Gap – Spring Break 2014

By , March 18th, 2014 8:19am

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Spring Break is here!  The Kansas Food Bank and Partners for Wichita are gearing up to provide meals to children across Wichita. We know that for some children, the meal they get at school may be the only real meal of the day.  Vacations from school can be a difficult time for a child who depends on that school lunch.  Filling the Gap will help by providing meals to children between March 17th and March 21st.

We are still accepting donations of individually packed healthy snacks and fresh fruit!

Click Here for a map of the sites that will be providing meals this spring break.

Neighbor 2 Neighbor Food Drive

By , February 26th, 2014 5:05pm

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The second 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, will kick off March 3 and culminate on Kansas Agriculture Day, March 25. Our goal this year is to collect more than 100,000 meals.

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.  Or to participate in the virtual food drive and make a monetary donation now to support the Neighbor 2 Neighbor Food Drive for the Kansas Food Bank.

Dillon’s stores participating in the Kansas Food Bank 85 county service area include:

Andover
Arkansas City
Augusta
Colby
Derby
Dodge City
El Dorado
Emporia
Garden City
Great Bend
Hays
Hutchinson
Junction City
Larned
Liberal
McPherson
Mulvane
Newton
Pittsburg
Pratt
Salina
St John
Sterling
Wellington
Wichita
Winfield

WHERE DOES MY DONATION GO?

KDA and Dillon’s Food Stores are partnering with Kansas Food Bank, Harvesters – The Community Food Network and Second Harvest Community Food Bank to ensure that the Neighbor to Neighbor food drive reaches every Kansas community. The food banks guarantee that a donation made at your local Dillon’s Food Store will be re-distributed within your community.

KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

The KDA website has several resources on how to make make it “Ag Day” in your community.  Click here to be directed to their website.

Volunteers Needed for Filling the Gap

By , February 26th, 2014 4:17pm

During spring break Partners for Wichita and the Kansas Food Bank will serve 5040 meals to hunger children through Filling the Gap. In preparation, the Kansas Food bank needs volunteers to pick up the meals & snacks at our warehouse and deliver the items to our feeding sites.  Volunteer groups are able to pick from our available routes and dock times to fit their schedules. Once a route is chosen the group will arrive at our warehouse to load the meals & snacks then deliver to their assigned sites. Site hosts will meet the volunteers at the sites and help unload. 9 routes are available.

Filling the Gap Volunteer Opportunities

  • Transport meals & snacks to sites prior to Spring Break
    • Requirements:
      • Needs to have own transportation that can accommodate cases of meals & snacks i.e. truck, van, or SUV
      • Driver must be at least 18 years old
      • Ability to carry items into site
    • Dock Dates & Times available:
      • Wed., March 12 at 8-10:00
      • Thurs., March 13 at 1- 4:00
      • Friday, March 14 at 11-12:00
    • Number of routes: 9
  • Transport fresh items to sites Monday, Wednesday & Friday during Spring Break
    • Requirements:
      • Needs to have own transportation that can accommodate fresh items
      • Driver must be at least 18 years old
      • Ability to carry items into site
    • Dock Dates & Times available:
      • Monday, March 17 at 9-11:30
      • Wednesday, March 19 at 9- 11:30
      • Friday, March 21 at 9-11:30
    • Number of routes: 9

For more information and to sign up for a route, please call LaVeta at 316-265-3663.  For other volunteers opportunities at the Kansas Food Bank please ask for Larry.

Click Here for a map of the sites that will be providing meals this spring break.

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