October 27, 2009

Matthew 25 Resource 10/27/09: Harvesters: the Community Food Network (Kansas City, MO)

Hunger erodes the body and mind and wears away at our community. Children struggle to concentrate in school. Parents make desperate choices to put food on the table. Seniors compromise their already fragile health.

Harvesters is the community's response to hunger. By providing food we give sustenance and hope to those in need. We also work toward long-term solutions through nutrition education, hunger awareness and advocacy.

As Kansas City's only food bank, Harvesters is a clearinghouse for the collection and distribution of food and related household products. We've been helping people in need since 1979 by

* Collecting food and household products from community and industry sources
* Distributing those products and providing nutrition services through a network of nonprofit agencies
* Offering leadership and education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and generate solutions to alleviate hunger

Our network includes more than 550 nonprofit agencies throughout our 26-county direct service area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. Our network provides food assistance to nearly 60,000 different people each week. Harvesters is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states.

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