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We are “Growing to Serve”!

By , September 13th, 2018 10:58am

We are happy to announce that we have reached and exceeded its $5 million “Growing to Serve” capital campaign goal.  We will use the funds to expand our Wichita warehouse with a 21,000 square foot addition, including a new volunteer center, more warehouse space and more freezer and cooler space to provide more fresh fruits and vegetables throughout our service area.

Kansas Food Bank currently serves 12.3 million meals annually to more than 215,000 unduplicated individuals through more than 700 hunger-relief partners in 85 counties.  When the capital improvements are complete, we expect to increase annual distribution to more than 13.3 million through increased volunteer effort, including doubling fresh produce distribution.  Construction is expected to begin before the end of 2018 and be completed by May 2019.

“With 1 in 7 people in our community in need of food assistance and an increasing number of Kansans who are living with health-related diet restrictions, the Kansas Food Bank realized that the time to act is now,” Brian Walker, President & CEO of KFB said.  “There is a growing need across our service area, especially in the most rural parts of our community, to provide access to healthy food options.  This campaign is in response to the need for additional volunteer space to help fulfill of our mission to provide hunger relief wherever and whenever possible.”

Improvements made as a result of the campaign will also focus on enhancing the volunteer experience at KFB.  With the addition of dedicated work space in the new volunteer center, KFB will be able to accommodate groups of up to 100, five times greater than the number that can currently volunteer at one time.  Volunteers directly impact the distribution process by quickly and efficiently sorting and packaging food for hunger-relief partners across the state.

The campaign launched in late 2016 and has received support from 42 generous individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations.  The lead gift was provided by the Sunderland Foundation of Overland Park, KS.  In grateful recognition of their generosity, the new volunteer center will be named the Sunderland Foundation Volunteer Center.

“As a long-time partner with the Kansas Food Bank, we could not be more grateful for and inspired by the work of this organization in the fight against hunger throughout Kansas,” Kent Sunderland, President of the Sunderland Foundation, said in a written statement.  “We were impressed with the Food Bank’s vision to increase fresh produce distribution to hungry Kansans living in our community’s most rural areas.”

Hunger HURTS

By , September 5th, 2018 1:34pm

During the month of September, HURTS Donut Company in Wichita is helping Phil the Backpack.  Guests can donate $1, $3, $5 or more to help provide funding for the Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program.  Drop by either of the HURTS Donut locations, 7010 W 21st St or 3750 N Woodlawn, and help Phil the Backpack today.  Your donation will ensure chronically hungry children have weekend meals.  In Wichita there are over 1,200 kids who rely on the Food 4 Kids program.  Hunger HURTS and you can help stop hunger today.

Empty Bowls 2018 is Coming – Save the Date!

By , August 27th, 2018 3:58am

 

Mark your calendars!   The Empty Bowls-Wichita 2018 Chili Cook-off is Saturday,October 13th, 11 AM – 1 PM at WSU – Go Create, 4000 E 17th Street N, Wichita KS.

The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots movement to help end hunger. Ceramic artists around the world participate every year—and so does Wichita! Every fall, Wichita State University’s Ceramics Guild, along with Ceramics Media, the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries (ADCI), the Ulrich Museum of Art and many others, work under the leadership of ceramicist and educator Brenda Lichman to raise funds for the Kansas Food Bank.

It all begins with Build-a-Bowl events. Organizations as well as individuals interested in making bowls to donate are invited to ADCI’s Henrion Hall for Community Build-a-Bowl days (Wednesday, August 29th, 4:30–7:30 PM). WSU Ceramics Guild and faculty also take the show on the road visiting Wichita-area elementary, junior high and high schools to have students make one-of-a-kind bowls. These bowls are collected, glazed and fired in preparation for the culminating event—the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off.

On the day of the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off, guests are presented with hundreds of bowls made by artists and community members, and dozens of chilies, soups and delicious desserts to try. Guests pay $20 at the door and select a ceramic bowl to keep. They take their newfound bowl, fill it with chili/soup and eat to their heart’s content.

A jury of local chefs, community leaders and President Bardo diligently sample the chilies and do the hard work of selecting winners for Best Chili, Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili and Best Traditional Chili.

In addition, the event also features the Wichita National Ceramics Invitational exhibtion to benefit Empty Bowls Wichita, held at Reuben Saunders Gallery. This juried exhibition features fine ceramics works by WSU ceramics alumni and professional artists. This is a great way to get a work of art while supporting the effort to end hunger in our community.

Last year (2017), the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off welcomed over 800 people and Empty Bowls Wichita presented $20,000 to the Kansas Food Bank. Empty Bowls Wichita has funded over $60,000, providing 240,000 meals to Kansas communities since 2014. This year will be the biggest yet!

All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Kansas Food Bank.
$20 donation per person/$10 donation per student (with ID)

 

Tour de Food Bank

By , February 8th, 2018 12:54pm

The students from South Breeze Elementary School in Newton joined us for a tour of the food bank this past week.  They had lots of great questions and hopefully learned a little more about food insecurity and how we provide over 12.5 million meals a year.  We always enjoy giving tours to school groups and hope they enjoy seeing our operations.

Staff Training – We all get into it!

By , February 8th, 2018 12:50pm

The Kansas Food Bank staff has an all staff training day recently. Not only did we all get our Serve Safe training updates and new certificates, our warehouse crew had forklift and pallet jack certification.

Merry Christmas From All of Us at the Kansas Food Bank!

By , December 22nd, 2017 10:00am

This Christmas tree of cans bears the names of our staff.

Merry Christmas from the Kansas Food Bank!  Thanks to our many supporters — the donors, volunteers, agencies and community partners we depend on — thousands of otherwise hungry Kansans have a meal to put on their table.  To all who worked so hard to make this happen, our sincerest gratitude.

So our employees may enjoy this Holiday Season with their family and loved ones, we will be closing at noon on Friday, December 22.

We will resume regular hours 8 am to 4 pm on Tuesday, December 26th.

If you have food to drop off or would like to make an end-of-year contribution, you can visit us at the Warehouse, 1919 E. Douglas, Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 29 from 8 to 4 p.m.

Holiday Food Drives are in Full Swing

By , October 31st, 2017 10:21am

It’s the time of year when everyone starts to think about food drives.  And we appreciate each and everyone of those food drives that help us provide missing meals for our hungry friends and neighbors.

If you would like to hold a food drive for us, know that we have bins, barrels, boxes and posters available for you to pickup Monday – Friday.  Just give us a call and let us know what your plans are.

We can also help pick up if you collect too much to transport in a personal vehicle.  Pickups can be arranged on Tuesdays and Thursdays only by calling us at 265-3663, ask for Debi.

 

Holiday Happenings to Support the Kansas Food Bank!

By , October 31st, 2017 10:14am

Grab your loved ones and take a sleigh ride down to Century II Convention Hall! The Wichita Symphony presents their annual gift to the community, the Spirit of the Season Free Family Holiday Concert sponsored by our friends at Spirit AeroSystems on Tuesday, December 5th, 7:30 p.m.  This one-hour concert will celebrate the sounds of the holiday season with your favorite Christmas carols and holiday hits performed by your Wichita Symphony. Canned food donations for the Kansas Food Bank will be accepted.

It’s time for Good Old St. Nick to visit the City of Wichita again!  The annual Wichita Park & Recreation’s “A Night with Santa” event will be on Thursday, December 7th at Century II Exhibition/Convention Halls from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Come join in the celebration and bring along canned or dry non-perishable items for the Kansas Food Bank.

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Efforts

By , August 29th, 2017 9:41am

The Kansas Food Bank is part of a Feeding America disaster response team to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to help with disaster relief efforts, please click here to make financial donations to our friends at Feeding Texas or click here to make a donation to Feeding America.

Donations

A financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation to make. Public and private sector support of these voluntary organizations with financial contributions helps to ensure a steady flow of important services to our residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. A financial contribution:

  • Is the most needed and most efficient way of helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Allows voluntary organizations to fund response and recovery efforts, obtain goods and services locally, and provide direct financial assistance to Hurricane Harvey survivors to meet their own needs.
  • Allows you to make a financial contribution to the voluntary organization of your choice.

If you need help in determining who to give to, the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) website has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations who are providing services to their residents. Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations. Unsolicited donated goods, such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs, require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Volunteering

If you wish to volunteer in response to Hurricane Harvey, please visit the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website for a list of more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations that include volunteer engagement as a key component of their operations.

Please be patient and do not self deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders.

Although the need is great, and desire to help strong, it is important for residents to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to help until our communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are. Please continue to monitor this website for updated information.

It is the generous spirit of our residents, nonprofits organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies and partners working in a coordinated effort that will most effectively and efficiently help Texans recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

For more information on local efforts visit http://www.news9.com/story/36230853/ways-to-donate-to-and-help-with-harvey-relief.

Final Friday Event to Benefit Food 4 Kids Program

By , August 21st, 2017 1:40pm

We are happy to announce that an art exhibit at Visual Fusion Graphic Design Studio, 623 W Douglas, will benefit our Food 4 Kids program.

“Silver Gelatin” is an exhibit of black and white photography by Wichita photographer and former art and photography instructor Dale Strattman.

A minimum of 70% of proceeds will be donated to the Kansas Food Bank Food-4-Kids Backpack Program. There will also be a donation drop-off for supplies and monetary contributions.

The exhibit will be on display and for sale through Friday, October 13th. Gallery hours are M-F 9-5 or by appointment.

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