Harvesters has been helping the hungry for more than 35 years as Kansas City's area food bank. It provides food assistance to more than 140,000 different people each month, serving 26 counties on both sides of the state line. We're happy to help them. We have committed to helping Harvesters serve the hungry by participating in regular workdays. Twice a year we help out at the Harvesters warehouse, and two or three times a year we do a project at our church.
For three years in a row, our church has served as a main drop-off site for the annual, metro-wide "Our Community Can" food drive organized by Harvesters each September. In addition to hosting the truck in our parking lot, church members conduct neighborhood food drives and volunteer to help on the day of the drive as people throughout the area drop off donations. During the 2016 drive, Harvesters collected over 8,000 pounds of food for the hungry at our church site!
In addition to the Our Community CAN food drive, our church traditionally has a Pack-A-Sack in January, where we pack shelf-stable lunches for the hungry, Many hands make light work for this project!
What Happens at a Warehouse Workday?
We get scheduled for a two-hour shift from 10 a.m. to noon at the Harvesters warehouse and meet at the warehouse about 10 minutes before our shift begins. We work inside the warehouse sorting or packing food donations, so dress accordingly. Only closed-toe shoes may be worn. PLEASE NOTE: Children must be at least 8 years old and be accompanied by an adult supervisor. Questions? Contact Connie Strand.
Attendance for this workday is limited to 25. Please sign up using Realm, the new church communication tool, on the Registration Events page at Realm Sign Up Page. Deadline for registration is May 31.
The next will be 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 11.
This year the big, red Harvesters truck will be coming to our parking lot in July instead of September.
The community-wide food drive will be conducted July 15 through July 22, when Johnson County participants will drop off the donations they have collected at our church. We will be staffing the truck from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 22.
Volunteers will be needed to help with donation drop-offs. Church members are also encouraged to participate in the drive by distributing bags in your own neighborhoods.
More details about how to volunteer will be coming in June.