The Kansas Food Bank has received a combined gift totaling $15,000 from Midland Marketing and Land O’Lakes which will provide food for the communities served by Midland Marketing.
“We take great pride in providing the Kansas Food Bank with resources to ensure our neighbors who experience hunger have access to missing meals” said Kevin Royer, CEO of Midland Marketing. “It is important to us to give back to the communities where we are located and this donation will do just that.”
Funds will support different programs. One of those is the Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program. Food 4 Kids provides chronically hungry children with a packet of kid friendly, nutritious food every Friday during the school year. These are items that they can easily open and eat on their own without any preparation. The weekend packets provide kids the nourishment they need to grow and thrive. Throughout the pandemic partner schools have adapted to make sure children in the program still received their packets even if they were remote learning.
Local agencies who are receiving food bank grants include: Community Access Center and St Joe pantries in Hays and pantries in Ellis, Osborne, Plainville, Stockton and Victoria.
In addition, funds will support the mobile food pantry in the following counties: Graham, Ness and Rush. A Mobile Pantry is deployed by the Kansas Food Bank to communities that lack or have limited pantry service to provide an additional safety net.
“We are very thankful to Midland Marketing and Land O’ Lakes for this generous donation” stated Brian Walker, President and CEO of the Kansas Food Bank. “We are honored to have them support our work and mission.”
The Kansas Food Bank saw a tremendous increase in the number of people needing food assistance this past year due to the pandemic. Those increases were statewide in rural and urban areas.
The announcement was made at Midland Marketing in Hays on Friday, Sept. 10.