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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Food bank launches fund drive

  • Second Harvest Community Food Bank is based in St. Joseph, Mo., but the organization distributes food to several partnering agencies in Leavenworth County.
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      The Second Harvest Community Food Bank launched its 2014 Building Hunger-Free Communities Annual Fund Drive on Thursday in Leavenworth. The organization has a goal of...

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      The Second Harvest Community Food Bank launched its 2014 Building Hunger-Free Communities Annual Fund Drive on Thursday in Leavenworth. The organization has a goal of raising $400,000.



      Monetary gifts can be made to the campaign by visiting www.OurCommunityFoodBank.org/BHFC.

  • Second Harvest Community Food Bank is based in St. Joseph, Mo., but the organization distributes food to several partnering agencies in Leavenworth County.
    And, Second Harvest officials chose Leavenworth as the location for kicking off a fundraising campaign Thursday.
    The organization has a goal of raising $400,000 through its 2014 Building Hunger-Free Communities Annual Fund Drive.
    "Every county we serve is important to us," Second Harvest Executive Director Chad Higdon.
    Leavenworth County is one of 19 counties in Kansas and Missouri that Second Harvest serves.
    Higdon said any non-profit agency that serves food to low-income individuals can become a Second Harvest partner.
    Higdon said he saw representatives of some of the organization's Leavenworth partners at Thursday's kickoff luncheon.
    "We really appreciate all the work you do," he said.
    Representatives of two local entities served by Second Harvest spoke during Thursday's kickoff luncheon.
    Cindy Geiger and Sandy Simmons, who coordinate Leavenworth Backpack Buddies, talked about the program, which provides food to children of low-income families.
    Geiger said the food ensures the children have something to eat during the weekend so they don't return to school on Monday hungry.
    "Kids shouldn't be hungry," Simmons said.
    Pat and Gary Ferguson, who are volunteers for the Leavenworth Mission Food Pantry, talked about that organization.
    Gary Ferguson said everyone who works at the pantry is a volunteer.
    "We always need volunteers," Pat Ferguson said.
    Higdon said he has been spending quite a bit of time in Leavenworth since being named executive director in July.
    He said the community sticks together and helps people in need.
    Higdon said there are many ways people can become involved in Second Harvest, including making monetary donations.
    Every $5 donated provides 15 meals. And through April, an outside organization is providing a match to donations Second Harvest receives.
    "Volunteering is another way to get involved," Higdon said.
    Tamara Grubb, director of operations for Second Harvest, said the organization can assist groups in organizing food drives for Second Harvest. She said Second Harvest can provide information about best practices and boxes to help with the collection.
    She said Second Harvest also will pick up the donated food so people don't have to make a trip to St. Joseph, Mo.
    "We'll come right to you," she said.
    For more information, visit www.ourcommunityfoodbank.org.

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