Friday, February 26, 2010

Charity Spotlight - Harvesters Community Food Network

Today I'd like to spotlight a fantastic BBB Accredited charity, Harvesters Community Food Network.

Harvesters collects, purchases, and distributes food to a large network of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other nonprofit organizations in the Kansas City metro area. They do great work and are an asset to our community.

When I think of people going hungry, my mind often first drifts to images of starving people in developing countries. Many poor countries do indeed have staggering food insecurity issues. But hunger is also a persistent and growing problem in our area. I encourage you to learn more about the need for organizations like Harvesters. A good place to start is the Hunger in America 2010 study that examined Americans seeking food assistance and the charitable hunger-relief system. While the study looked at America as a whole, it also broke its findings down into information about individual communities. When looking at the key facts about hunger in Kansas City, perhaps the most striking finding to me was that more than 25% of people seeking hunger assistance live above the poverty line.

Clearly, hunger can affect anyone. I'm grateful Harvesters is there to help us out.

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