Kansas Food Bank wins grant for Food 4 Kids program

Kansas Food Bank Backpacks for Kids

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UPDATE: The Kansas Food Bank has won a $45,000 grant for the Food 4 Kids program from Walmart.

The cost of that program is right at about a million dollars so the $45,000  from this grant may not seem like that much, but workers say every little bit helps.

“That will supply you know probably 13,000 backpacks. We’re serving about 7,100 children a week during the school year,” says Brian Walker, President of the Kansas Food Bank.

Forty  other organizations will also get money for food.

 

WICHITA, Kansas — Whether it feels like winter or spring, it doesn’t change the feelings of hunger that plague thousands of kids in Kansas.

With your help, the Kansas Food Bank can win a grant that will keep those kids’ backpacks filled with food.

“You can go to some of our pantry partners and if it’s 25 degrees outside they’re still waiting in line for 2 hours to get food,” explains Brian Walker, President of the Kansas Food Bank.

Need is increasing while donations are flat, and the Kansas Food Bank’s original purpose to supply emergency food assistance has changed.

“What we’ve seen over the years is that 48 percent of our clients have a member working they just don’t make enough to get by so they have to rely on food banks and food pantries to supplement their food needs,” says Walker.

The Kansas Food Bank spends around $2 million each year to feed hungry Kansans.

Half that amount goes to fund Food for Kids.

If the food bank wins a grant from Walmart, it could mean $45,000 worth of food in backpacks.

A mascot Phil takes care of filling the backpacks of more than 7,000 kids across the state of Kansas every weekend to make sure they have food.

The cost of that program is right at about a million dollars so the $45,000  from this grant may not seem like that much, but workers say every little bit helps.

“That will supply you know probably 13,000 backpacks. We’re serving about 7,100 children a week during the school year,” says Walker.

The top 40 organizations will get money from Walmart for food.

Right now, the Kansas Food Bank is in 25th place, and they want to stay there.

You can help with your vote on Facebook.

“If we can win, this it says kudos to us, and it says kudos to our city for them supporting an organization that helps feed children,” says Walker.

If you’d like to help the Kansas Food Bank win that grant, just click here.

 

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