Second Harvest Community Food Bank Blog
September 29, 2014
Second Harvest Community Food Bank is Competing for $60,000
Starting Sept. 15, local residents can spend just a few seconds a day for a 21 day-period to help potentially feed thousands of children, families and seniors across northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Walmart's "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign is designed to give communities a chance to vote for their local food bank and help in the fight against hunger. The food bank with the most votes will win $60,000 to use to serve their community – and Second Harvest is hoping to win the most votes, having landed in the top handful of votes in the 2013 campaign.
There are only seven food banks in Missouri and Kansas, including Second Harvest Community Food Bank located in St. Joseph. Missouri ranks seventh in the nation for food insecurity and Kansas is 15th. In northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas about 1 in 5 people struggle with hunger, including 17,000 children.
Local community members can get involved in this initiative to serve individuals and families who are struggling to put a nutritious meal on the table in Second Harvest’s 19 county service area by voting daily. Fifty Feeding America food banks will receive awards. Proceeds from the grant would impact community members across Second Harvest’s entire 19-county service region.
Second Harvest’s network of 100 partner agencies will have increased funding if they are awarded the grant. Some specific projects across the region that will be impacted include:
Holt County Community Services, Mound City, MO
The grants funds are intended to coordinate starting two new food pantries in Maitland, Mo. and Craig, Mo. A county-wide campaign blitz will be used to raise awareness and promote needs for resources and to procure donors for each of the sites.
Ministry Center of Nodaway County, Maryville, MO
They will provide nutritional supplementation (such as “Boost”) to aid the nutritional needs of approximately 160 elderly and disabled families in the county.
Bartlett Center, St. Joseph, MO
To serve low to moderate income families, funding will be provided to three main programs to serve over 1000 meals and snacks for the After School Youth program, the on-site Senior Nutrition program and the children in the Childcare Program.
Pentecostal Church of the Apostolic Faith, Inc., Leavenworth, KS
The money will be used to purchase fresh protein for the food pantry that serves over 200 families, which currently has fresh protein available for only two weeks of each month.
Cathedral Food Pantry, St. Joseph, MO
Funds will be used to stock new, specific sections of the food pantry that address the special dietary needs of diabetics (sugar-free), as well as gluten-free and low-sodium items.
Facebook users can vote once every day between September 15 and October 5 for “Second Harvest Community Food Bank of St. Joseph MO” at www.walmart.com/fighthunger. Voters must have a Facebook account, but will not be required to "Like" Walmart's Facebook page.
To learn more about Fight Hunger. Spark Change., please visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.
Posted by Gayle Stowers - 09/29/14, 10:52 AM
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