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Archives - May 2011

May 31, 2011

Second Harvest Assists With Flooding

St. Joseph, Mo.— May 31, 2011—Second Harvest Community Food Bank is preparing to help those affected by the flooding in Atchison County, Missouri. The Atchison County commissioners have recommended residents at the Missouri River Bottom evacuate because the water is predicted to go over the levy within the next week. The evacuation warning includes all areas of Atchison County west of I-29. 


Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator - 05/31/11, 11:09 AM


May 27, 2011

A Message From FEMA

KANSAS CITY, MO— To help better manage the outpouring of support for Joplin, Missouri tornado survivors, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether volunteering or donating resources.

The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer those who are impacted or just wanting to help the following advice: 


Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator - 05/27/11, 01:03 PM


May 23, 2011

Second Harvest Reaches out to Joplin Tornado Victims

Second Harvest Community Food Bank is preparing to help those affected by the devastating tornado that hit Joplin on May 22nd. Second Harvest will provide food and personal hygiene items to anyone displaced due to the disaster. Those seeking assistance will only need to present identification from the Joplin area in order to receive food. Second Harvest has over 100 agencies in Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri. All of these agencies will also assistant those displaced by Sunday's deadly tornadoes. 


Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator - 05/23/11, 11:55 AM


May 20, 2011

It's A Team Effort To Fill Empty Bowls

Nourishing Our Neighbors - Empty Bowls Logo

During a time when everyone seems to be looking for a few extra dollars to combat the rising costs of living, it's nice to see local restaurants and businesses take a stand for the greater good. More than a dozen restaurants will put their competitive spirits aside and provide signature soup-sampling in a fundraising event June 1st for the Hunger Coalition.

Read more to see how you can get involved! 


Posted by jobrien - 05/20/11, 08:30 AM


May 18, 2011

Yanking Pantry Tax Credits: Hurting the Most Vulnerable

When the Missouri legislature failed to pass an overhaul of the state's tax credit system, it also took away an important tool in the fight against Missouri's hunger problem. The Food Pantry Tax Credit is set to expire this year. Language to extend and expand the program was contained in both House and Senate versions of the tax credit overhaul bill. Now the tax credit will expire at the end of August.


Posted by Jodie O'Brien, Second Harvest, Communications and Public Relations Assistant - 05/18/11, 03:14 PM


May 12, 2011

Local Coaches Look for Tips

School is winding down, but St. Joseph and Missouri Western Coaches aren't taking an early out...they are committed to working even harder to make sure no child goes to bed hungry in our community. Click 'read more' to learn how you can get on their teams TONIGHT and help them take home the prize! 

Central High School Coach taking tips for Second Harvest Community Food Bank


Posted by jobrien - 05/12/11, 07:49 AM


May 11, 2011

Nation's Largest Single-Day Food Collection Helps Those Facing Hunger

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive LogoStamp Out Hunger Food Sack


This Saturday you have the opportunity to take part in something quite amazing. Communities coast to coast, large and small will see an outpouring of volunteerism in action. On the loading docks of hundreds of thousands of post offices, members of the
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)---your postal carrier and mine; along with community volunteers will be sorting non-perishable food items in addition to the regular mail of the day.


Posted by jobrien - 05/11/11, 07:55 AM


May 06, 2011

Thoughts on a Month Long Food Stamp Challenge

David Davenport - director of the Second Harvest Community Food Bank

This Shouldn't Be So Difficult.....

At the beginning of my food stamp challenge I firmly believed that scheduling my meals, budgeting limited dollars and making purchases last throughout the month without gaps would be the challenge. I was wrong. The real difficulty has been trying to fully comprehend the personal side of this journey. I will do my best to explain.

I kept a diary during the month of April. I wanted to make sure I documented the difficulties of purchasing enough healthy food on $25 a week for an entire month. I know many folks will want to hear a report on the six pounds I lost or the two days I fell short and only ate crackers and peanut butter. Others may be interested in my recent work trip to Nevada. Why would that be worth reporting? Well, as it turns out my luggage (including my food) took a day long trip to enjoy sunny San Diego while my belly grumbled 300 miles away.

But that wasn't the story in the end. The story was, is and will always be about the journey. So many people became a part of this process. 


Posted by David Davenport, Second Harvest Executive Director - 05/06/11, 01:41 PM