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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.

Empty Bowls Coming Soon – Save the Dates!

By , August 21st, 2017 1:39pm

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 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. 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. Trophies are designed and custom made each year by the ADCI students.

In addition, the event also features the Wichita National Ceramics Invitational exhibtion to benefit Empty Bowls Wichita at Reuben Saunders Gallery. This juried exhibition features fine ceramics works by WSU ceramics students, 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, the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off welcomed almost 1,000 people and raised over $17,000 for the Kansas Food Bank. This event has grown every year since 2013, and this year will be the biggest yet!

All proceeds from the silent auction and ticket sales go to the Kansas Food Bank.

Check us out on Facebook @emptybowlswichita

2017 Event Information:
  • Build-a-Bowl Day | 4:00-8:00 p.m. | August 30 | Henrion Hall on Wichita State University main campus | FREE & OPEN TO PUBLIC | Parking Info
  • Open Streets ICT | Noon-4:00 p.m. | September 24 | Kansas Food Bank
  • Wichita National Ceramics Invitational | Silent Auction | 6:00-9:00 p.m. | September 29 | Reuben Saunders Gallery | FREE & OPEN TO PUBLIC
  • Heartland Table Event | 6:00 p.m. | October 14 | Kansas Food Bank
  • Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off | 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | October 28 | Henrion Hall on Wichita State University main campus | $20 ticket | $10 with student ID | Parking Info

Eagle Scout Project Provides Great Signage for Mobile Pantries

By , August 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!

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.

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

ftg lunches

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.

N2N scan card

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.

 

 

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