Harvesters

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!  

 

Our Community Can! Food Drive

July 15-22 

The big, red Harvesters truck is coming back to in our parking lot on Saturday, July 22, when our church will again serve as the major Johnson County drop off location for this KC area-wide neighborhood food drive for Harvesters. 

There are several ways you can help:

  1. Distribute bags in your neighborhood or housing complex, or to members of an organization you are involved with (scout troop, bunko group, etc.) on Saturday, July 15, asking for them to be filled with donations of nonperishable food. Collect the bags on Saturday, July 22 and bring them to church that day.
  2. Bring your own food donations to church between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on  Saturday, July 22.
  3. Help participants load food into the truck by volunteering for a shift on July 22.

Bags will be available in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, July 9 for those interested in distributing them to the neighbors and friends on July 15, for pick up on July 22. 

Contact  Connie Strand to sign up for helping in our parking lot on the collection day.

 
Our Next Warehouse Workday will be November 11, 2017

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 workdays are limited. Registration is required, and you will be able to sign up using Realm, the new church communication tool, on the Registration Events page at Realm Sign Up Page closer to the workday. Deadline for registration is November 8. Check back for more details later in the year.

Please note that this is a warehouse, so it can be quite chilly in the winter months if it's very cold outside. You may wish to dress in warm layers that you can adjust to your comfort, and even stick a pair of gloves in your pockets just in case your hands are prone to getting cold.

Where is the Harvesters warehouse? See map.