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Kansas Food Bank Received $250,000 Grant from United Healthcare

By , July 10th, 2020 2:09pm

UnitedHealthcare has awarded $1 million in Empowering Health grants to seven community-based organizations in Kansas to expand access to care and address the social determinants of health for uninsured individuals and underserved communities.  The Kansas Food Bank is one of those recipients.

The Kansas Food Bank received $250,000 to purchase a refrigerated semi-truck trailer, provide a walk-in cooler for a food pantry in rural Western Kansas to serve as a fresh food hub for other food pantries in the region, expand the agency’s mobile pantry program into rural Central Kansas counties, and provide emergency food boxes and shelf-stable meals for food insecure individuals and families.

Other organizations in Kansas that received grant awards include:

  • Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City
  • Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas
  • Johnson County Mental Health Center
  • Valeao Behavioral Health in Topeka
  • Just Food in Douglas County
  • Harvesters in Northeast Kansas

In total, UnitedHealthcare is donating $12.3 million through Empowering Health grants across 21 states. UnitedHealthcare launched its Empowering Health commitment in 2018.

Regarding COVID-19

By , March 16th, 2020 10:03am

In an abundance of caution regarding the potential impact of COVID-19 virus, the Kansas Food Bank is cancelling all volunteer shifts, effective March 16, 2020, until further notice.

The Mobile Hygiene Pantry scheduled for Saturday, March 21 has also been cancelled.

The well-being and safety of volunteers, partner agencies, our staff and the Kansans we serve is our utmost priority.

We are taking all possible precautions in the event the virus begins to have a wider impact.

The Kansas Food Bank is in daily communication with appropriate agencies, we have instituted expanded clean operations and we are continually evaluating the situation.

We are in contact with our partner feeding operations around the state offering best practices.  Getting food out to those in need is and has always been our number one goal.

We’re are committed to making sure there is not an interruption in our operations the best we can

Thank you to all of you that so graciously support us. Together we will get through this.  If you would like to make a monetary donation, that can be done here.


Food 4 Kids Receives Support

By , December 6th, 2019 11:40am

We are pleased to announce the receipt of two grants from our partnership with Feeding America both supporting our Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program for the 2019-2020 school year!

$20,000 from Schwan’s Corporate Giving to support F4K in Salina area schools.

$10,000 from Red Nose Day to support the overall F4K program.

Our Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program provides kid friendly, healthy food to chronically hungry children every Friday during the school year. We are thankful for our friends at Schwan’s and Red Nose Day who help us provide the most important school supply of all, food!

Get Your Kansas Food Bank T-shirt for Only $10!

By , November 26th, 2019 10:57am


Perfect as a gift for someone or for yourself, we have Kansas Food Bank t-shirts!

Hunger Hero or Volunteers shirts are now available for only $10 each.  Sizes are small to xxxlg.

What a great way to show your support of the Kansas Food Bank!














Food Drives are in Full Force

By , November 13th, 2019 10:57am

Food drives are happening all over Wichita to help us stock the shelves of our partner agencies this Holiday Season.  The kids at Maize High School got really creative for their food drive entitled “Stuff the Turkey”.   We are anxious to see how much they can collect.

If you would like to host a food drive, please give us a call at 265-3663.

Volunteer Center Grand Opening

By , September 3rd, 2019 11:26am



10:00 AM – 7:00 PM



Read the Press Release:



WHAT: Kansas Food Bank will hold an open house event on September 6th to celebrate the opening of its new $5 million expansion which has added 21,000 square feet of space to the existing warehouse.  This expansion includes a new volunteer center that will provide dedicated volunteer space for the thousands of volunteers that donate their time each year.  It also increased cooler capacity so more fresh fruits and vegetables can be distributed to food insecure Kansans throughout the Food Banks 85-county service area.  The public is invited to attend.


Doug Jenkins, Board Chair, Kansas Food Bank
Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers, State of Kansas
Mayor Jeff Longwell, City of Wichita
Bishop Carl Kemme, Roman Catholic Diocese Wichita
Brian Walker, President & CEO, Kansas Food Bank


Friday, September 6, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting, Media Event and Dedication at 10:00 a.m.


Kansas Food Bank
Sunderland Family Foundation Volunteer Center
1919 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67211

“Just one year ago, we announced the ground breaking for this new facility” said Brian Walker, President & CEO of the Kansas Food Bank.  “It is been a great year watching the new building take shape and we are so excited to be able to open the doors and expand upon our mission of providing missing meals for our neighbors in need.”

Throughout the day there will be several activities happening:

  • Tours of the new facility will be available all day long.
  • Produce Packing Stations will be set up for guests to step in line and help pack food that will be distributed next week.
  • The Lord’s Diner will have their food truck on site during lunch showcasing the Retail Food Rescue Program that the Kansas Food Bank facilitates.  Taco Salad will be served.
  • Logo Depot will be onsite between 5 pm and 6 pm with their “Free t-shirt Friday promo”. They are encouraging those seeking a Wichita Flag t-shirt to bring a jar of peanut butter to donate.
  • Dillons will be providing celebratory cake and punch throughout the day.

September is Hunger Action Month and the Kansas Food Bank Board and staff are thrilled to share this new chapter with everyone.

CONTACTS: Brian Walker, Kansas Food Bank, 316-265-3663, bwalker@kansasfoodbank.org


Construction Update

By , July 15th, 2019 10:56am

It is so exciting to see the new building take shape!








Racking is going in.








Concrete is being poured.









Should not be long before we can move in and Grow to Serve!

CHS to Match Summer Gifts to Fight Hunger

By , July 15th, 2019 10:50am


Have you heard? Thanks to CHS, your gift will DOUBLE until we reach our $67,000 goal! This opportunity could not have come at a better time. With school meal programs on break right now, we are working hard to connect children and families with healthy food. Please join this exciting campaign TODAY! https://secure.qgiv.com/for/kfb/event/803372/

Neighborhood of Good® with Lauren Alaina

By , February 13th, 2019 9:40am

We are so proud to be a part of this effort with State Farm’s Neighborhood of Good and Lauren Alaina.  Lauren visited the Kansas Food Bank back in November when she was here in concert at Intrust Bank Arena.  She and several of her fans came in to help pack Food 4 Kids packets and discovered the magic that volunteering here at the food bank brings.


Are you #Hardwiredtohelp? The Staff at KFB is!

By , February 1st, 2019 11:42am

Would you like to win a pair of tickets to see Metallica?  Here is how you can do just that!  We will be giving away two pair of tickets to see Metallica on Monday, March 4th at Intrust Bank Arena.

*Join us in celebrating METAL, the band METALLICA that is!

Are you #HardwiredToHelp?

Show us your best 80’s picture or better yet, bring out that 80’s attire and come volunteer with us at the food bank between January 14th and Feb 27th and enter to win a pair of tickets to see Metallica at Intrust Bank Arena on Monday, March 4th.

Every volunteer session will equal one entry.  Bring a friend who has not volunteered here before and earn an additional entry.

The 80’s Staff

Some of us here at the Kansas Food Bank actually lived the metal days of the 80’s long before we became METAL CAN aficionados.

For four weeks leading up to the drawing we will post our “80’s Staff” showing off their best look (from the 80’s of course)!  We will encourage people to drop off canned items during these four weeks to support the staff member who will draw the lucky winners of the two pair of tickets to see Metallica on March 4th.  This will give our staff the opportunity to compete a bit as well, sharing their posts encouraging people to drop off specific canned items.  The 80’s week staff that collected the most pounds will draw the winners.

Week:  February 4            Brian & Becky








Week:  February 11             Bruce & Debi








Week:  February 18           Kevin & Melissa








Week:  February 25           Dave & Pam







*Every CAN makes a difference!

We are looking for specific canned items:

Chunky Soups – all varieties
Ravioli or other meal in one’s
Canned Fruit – light in water


Drop off any of the above suggested canned items and enter to win a pair of tickets to see Metallica at Intrust Bank Arena on Monday, March 4th.





All Within My Hands Foundation

Metallica will be presenting a $10,000 check to staff members of the Kansas Food Bank on Monday, March 4th prior to their concert at Intrust Bank Arena.  Tickets are on sale now by visiting Intrust Bank Arena website.

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