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By , April 1st, 2013 10:40am

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Spring Break – Filling the Gap Meal Sites 2013

By , February 28th, 2013 8:38am

Partners for Wichita and the Kansas Food Bank are providing meals for children at 14 sites across Wichita during spring break for children March 14th – March 22nd.   Lunch will be available daily between noon and 1:00 pm.

Northwest:

1.  Evergreen Neighborhood City Hall, 2700 N Woodland St
2.  Fairview Christian Church, 1650 Fairview St
3.  Inter-Faith Ministries Villa Court, 930 N Market
4.  New Covenant Church, 1718 W Douglas

Northeast:

5.  Atwater Neighborhood City Hall, 2755 E 19th St N
6.  Urban League, 2418 E 9th St
7.  Trueword Full Gospel Baptist, 1108 N Oliver
8.  Grant Chapel, 2750 N Hillside

Southeast:

9.  Victory Community of Faith, 812 S Oliver
10. Colvin Neighborhood City Hall, 2820 S Roosevelt
11. *Lighthouse Community Church, 3407 E 47th St S

Southwest:

12. Stanley Aley Neighborhood City Hall, 1749 S Martinson
13. *St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 2801 S Seneca
14. Cross Point Baptist Church, 1515 E Harry

(*will serve Mon-Fri only March 18-22)

Agency Spotlight: Manna Ministry – Arkansas City

By , January 14th, 2013 12:23pm

This month we want to acknowledge the hard work of Manna Ministry in Arkansas City, and the great work they’ve done to develop a community of strong supporters for the work they do.

In addition to serving over 300 families each month at their pantry, one of the important tasks that they have risen to is grocery store rescue.  In Arkansas City they have a Country Mart, Dillons, and Walmart and the folks at Manna Ministry have managed their relationship with these important donors very well.

One of the struggles our agencies who participate in a grocery rescue program face is having enough refrigerator and freezer space to store the product they receive.  Even though they had 10 dedicated freezers, they didn’t have enough space to meet the need, and not nearly enough space for refrigerated perishables like produce and milk.

Because of their hard work they managed this past year to buy and install a large walk-in cooler and freezer that has made a world of difference in their ability to continue to grow their program for their community.  In 2012 they rescued over 88,000 lbs of food from the grocery stores in their community making them truly an agency worth our spotlight.

Moving Forward…

By , January 14th, 2013 12:08pm

It is hard to believe the New Year is already upon us. With that comes a renewed focus of providing missing meals to our neighbors in need.

Your Kansas Food Bank depends on generous donations from individuals, groups, and corporations to pursue our mission of feeding Kansas’s hungry. These donations take many forms. They can be a one-time donation, a monthly commitment, or a bequest. Organizations can give grants or organize workplace food or fund drives. There are countless ways that Kansans contribute each year to making our state a better place. And it is with this generous support that Your Kansas Food Bank is able to serve all or part of a meal to more than 32,000 Kansans each week.

Peoples’ biggest misconception is that their donation won’t go very far. They often think that a dollar won’t make a difference, but nothing could be further from the truth. For every dollar donated, Your Kansas Food Bank can provide four meals to families in need. In 2012, we distributed over 9.6 million meals to children, families, and seniors in need of emergency food assistance.

Every dollar, every can of food, is one more step towards ending hunger in our community. We would like to offer a heartfelt Thank You to all of those whose donations make our work possible. Together, we continue to provide hope to families facing hunger.

Holiday Hours

By , November 21st, 2012 2:42pm

The Kansas Food Bank will be closing early on December 24th and will be closed all day December 25th and 26th so our employees can spend Christmas with their families.

From our families to all of yours, we hope you have a wonderful Holiday.  We will resume regular work hours on Thursday, December 27th.

Dillon’s is Bringing Hope to the Table

By , November 13th, 2012 5:45pm

Now through November 25, 2012 local Dillon’s stores are “bringing hope to the table”.  All Wichita, Derby, Andover, Augusta, Hutchinson, Mulvane and Newton stores are participating. They have pre-made $5 and $10 boxes which makes it easy for shoppers to pick up and donate.  In addition, they also have $1 and $5 scan cards so customers can donate as they check out.  Drop by your local store today and make your donation to the Kansas Food Bank to help feed a family in need this Holiday Season.

Blessings Abound This November

By , November 12th, 2012 10:47am

November is a time when we stop and give thanks for all our blessings. Our lives here at the Kansas Food Bank are filled with many blessings each and every day. From the endless volunteers that help us in the warehouse, to our HungerCare partners out in the field, to the food and monetary donations that come in the door, blessings abound. Yet, while we celebrate this season of abundance, we know that there are families that may not feel the joy of the season. These are families who are struggling to put food on their table each and every day.

* The single mother who is trying to make ends meet and has to choose between paying her utility bills to keep the heat on and food.
* The senior citizen who has to choose between paying for their medications and buying food.
* The family that lives in rural Kansas that has no access to a food pantry when their cupboards are bare.

This year your Kansas Food Bank set out to ensure all 85 counties we serve are covered and have access to our services. We stopped at nothing to reach underserved areas in rural Kansas. We implemented new programs to provide a safety net of food for children, the working poor and seniors. All of this was done with the blessings we receive from our supporters like you. Thank you for helping us to continue our mission. May your holiday season be filled with blessings!

It’s Live Drive Time!

By , October 5th, 2012 9:28am

 

It’s time once again for our Live Drive with KWCH Channel 12.  Be sure and tune in on November 10th, to see your Kansas Food Bank staff from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. along with the news staff as we share stories about the good work that is being done here and the families we are helping.

A Thank You to Our Staff

By , October 5th, 2012 9:17am

It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner. We are starting to see the hustle and bustle of activity with many different food and fund drives kicking off. Everywhere you look in the warehouse there is something going on.

I am always amazed when I stop and think about the commitment our team has in making a difference for so many families. Each and every one of our staff members believes in and supports our mission. I see this in action every day.

From the drivers that start their routes before the sun is up, to the warehouse crew who will cut their lunch short just to make sure an agency is taken care of, the office staff that push numbers and paper guaranteeing food gets where it needs to go, and a management team that pulls it all together, your Kansas Food Bank Warehouse of 20 staffers go above and beyond making sure that the families we set out to help are helped.
We just keep moving forward in the fight against hunger. The level of activity that happens here is steady and keeps growing. Food is being sorted, orders are being packed. Trucks come in, trucks go out. All of us together strive for one common goal, to ensure our friends and neighbors do not go hungry.

In closing, I must send out a heartfelt thanks to the team here at your Kansas Food Bank, and ask that you do too.

Brian Walker, President & CEO

Tours on the Half Hour set for September 14th

By , August 10th, 2012 9:14am

September is Hunger Action Month, and we are asking everyone across Kansas to take action against hunger in their communities, all month long!  Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our efforts to feed more hungry Kansans than ever before. Whether it’s by speaking out and raising awareness, making donations or volunteering, everyone can find a way to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.

On September 14th, the Kansas Food Bank will hold our annual open house where we will be offering “Tours on the Half Hour” as well as special one day volunteer activities.

“Tours on the Half Hour” will be an opportunity to see the inner workings of the Kansas Food Bank.  Our guests will get to experience the big freezer, see how food comes in, how it goes out and everything that happens in between!

Tours will be conducted the following times:
8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

One Day Volunteer Activities:  we will be packing backpacks, food boxes and sorting food.

Volunteer activities will take place in two hour blocks:
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m. to noon
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To volunteer on September 14th, please call Debi at 265-3663.

 

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