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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.


Let the Packing Begin!

By , August 10th, 2012 9:03am


School is about to start and that means we are gearing up for the most important school supply of all – food! Volunteers have begun the process of packing Food 4 Kids packets this month to ensure students who experience food insecurity on the weekend have something to eat.  For children who participate in the program come notable differences: grades improve, behavioral problems diminish, attendance at school is better – truancy dissolves, students are ready and prepared to learn on Monday mornings, and overall attitude towards school improves immensely.  Receiving the backpack of food helps students to be able to concentrate on class, improve their learning skills and propel their education forward.

If you would like to help make Food 4 Kids packets, give us a call at 265-3663 and ask for Larry.  We have volunteer opportunities for groups from 1 – 100 all throughout the school year.

Dillons is Bringing Hope to the Table July 28 to Aug 10

By , July 26th, 2012 10:43am

Dillons stores are once again bringing “Hope to the Table” to help raise money for the Food 4 Kids program.  This project kicks off on Saturday, July 28 and runs for two weeks.  Customers have the opportunity to purchase specially marked boxes for $5 or $10 each.  One hundred percent of the funds collected will be used to provide food for over 6,500 chronically hungry children across our 85 county service area.

Participating Dillons Stores are located in the following communities:

Arkansas City

Become a Child Hunger Hero with Taco Bell & Pizza Hut July 9 to August 5

By , July 9th, 2012 8:59am

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Every Friday during the school year, the Kansas Food Bank provides backpacks of food for children who don’t get enough to eat at home on the weekends. From July 9th through August 5th, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell restaurants will ask customers to donate $1 to become a “Child Hunger Hero” and help fill backpacks for these children for the 2012-2013 school year.

If a child does not get enough food outside of school he or she is considered food insecure.  Kansas has over 158,000 food insecure children.  For children who participate in the program come notable differences:  grades improve, behavioral problems diminish, attendance at school is better – truancy dissolves, students are ready and prepared to learn on Monday mornings and overall attitude towards school improves immensely.

These are students who before receiving the backpack of weekend food were children who were often the most at risk.  They came to school hungry, their focus at the start of the week is “when is lunch”.   Receiving the backpack of food helped them to be able to concentrate on class, improve their learning skills and propel their education forward.

Currently, the Food-4-Kid’s Backpack Program is serving over 6,500 kids across Kansas alone.

Each backpack contains food the kids can just open and eat.  For example, there may be peanut butter, pudding cups, fruit cups, cereal, beef jerky, raisins, milk and a juice box in the backpack.  Each food bag costs roughly $4 to make and lasts the child for the weekend.

If you would like to help chronically hungry children in the Kansas Food Bank service area,  go to your local Pizza Hut or Taco Bell to donate from July 9th through August 5th and become a Child Hunger Hero!

We did it!

By , April 11th, 2012 2:46pm

A major milestone has been hit here at your Kansas Food Bank.  We are so thrilled to announce that as of March 29, 2012 a hunger relief partner has been secured and served in all 85 counties that we cover.  It has been a long, hard road but one that we feel so worth the trip.

Over that past 9 months we have worked diligently to ensure each and every county has access to the Kansas Food Bank.  Whether that partner is a food pantry, soup kitchen, shelter, mobile drop site, Food 4 Kids School or SNAP Outreach location, we have successfully made an impact in ensuring No Kansan Go Hungry.

The connections we have made will be everlasting.  They are connections that will help us continue to fulfill our mission.  They are connections with people just like us who would and will do whatever it takes to make sure our hungry friends and neighbors have access to food.  Our hunger care partners make us proud and we could not do what we do without them.  They are an extension of us and we are honored to work with each and every one of them.

And now we can successfully say, all 85 counties are served and will continue to be served!

Help us Outnumber Hunger!

By , April 11th, 2012 2:03pm

Through Feeding America’s new partnership, when you buy participating General Mills products, you can enter the code on the box online and your Kansas Food Bank will receive a donation worth 5 meals!  Look for the Outnumber Hunger logo on products at the store, then go online at www.outnumberhunger.com and enter those item numbers. Giving couldn’t be easier!

Participating brands include:
• Lucky Charms® Cereal
• Reese’s Puffs® Cereal
• Cheerios® Cereal
• Apple Cinnamon Cheerios® Cereal
• Cookie Crisp® Cereal
• Pillsbury® Ready to Bake™ Chocolate Chip Cookies
• Betty Crocker® Wild Blueberry Muffins
• Betty Crocker® Banana Nut Muffins
• Betty Crocker® Chocolate Chip Muffins
• Bisquick® Baking Mix
• Totino’s® Party Pizza® Pepperoni
• Totino’s® Party Pizza® Combination
• Totino’s® Party Pizza® Cheese
• Totino’s® Pizza Rolls® Pepperoni
• Totino’s® Pizza Rolls® Combination
• Green Giant® Broccoli & Cheese Sauce
• Green Giant® Garden Vegetable Medley
• Green Giant® Green Beans & Almonds
• Betty Crocker® Au Gratin Potatoes
• Betty Crocker® Scalloped Potatoes
• Fiber One® Oats & Chocolate Chewy Bars
• Fiber One® Oats & Peanut Butter Bars
• Chocolate Chex Mix® Snack – Turtle
• Sweet’n Salty Chex Mix® Snack – Honey Nut
• Bugles® Original
• Sunkist® Fruit Flavored Shapes
• Sunkist® Fruit Rollups

In addition, you can follow Big Machine Label Group artists on Facebook and Twitter to get access to special codes that can trigger donations for the Kansas Food Bank.  KFB can receive $0.65 (a five meal donation) for every code generated by a supporter of your food bank.

Participating BMLG artists include: Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Reba, Martina McBride, Eli Young Band, Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge,   Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Ella Mae Bowen and Thomas Rhett Akins.



Doing Our Part to Offer More Fresh Produce

By , March 12th, 2012 9:50am

This March, your Kansas Food Bank is recognizing National Nutrition Month® in honor of the nearly 49 million Americans that lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Right now, 1 in 6 Americans is struggling with hunger. Though we cannot tell who is hungry from the clothes people wear, the jobs they work, or the color of their skin, an apple a day is out of reach for nearly 49 million Americans. Approximately 14.5 percent of American households lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Here at the Kansas Food Bank, we have made a commitment to increase the amount of fresh produce we offer to our agency partners. Because of this, our produce distribution jumped from 200,000 pounds in 2010 to just over 1 million pounds in 2011. And for 2012, we are projected to distribute 1.5 million pounds.

Fresh produce is often the first thing that gets cut from the grocery budget for cash strapped families. Those at risk of hunger often cannot afford preventative and follow-up healthcare services. For this vulnerable population, access to nutritious foods is vital in maintaining good health. We would not be able to continue this critical work and provide nutritious foods without the support of our community.

Together, we can provide hope to Kansans in need for a better, healthier tomorrow.

From Your Home to Theirs – Making a Difference, One Donation at a Time

By , March 12th, 2012 9:46am

Follow the Food!  What exactly happens to the food that is brought into the warehouse and placed in the bin at the front desk? First it goes off to the sort room where it is packed with like items in boxes. From there, it moves to the racks where it awaits an agency order.  Once asked for by one of our partner agencies, it goes onto a pallet with all the other items the agency ordered and it is ready for pick up or transport to the agency. At the agency, it gets unloaded onto their shelves and is ready for its final destination, to a family home where it will be greatly appreciated.

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