Here at NextPage we like to raise awareness of some of the great area non-profits that we partner with. Harvesters is one of those organizations. Many people in our area are familiar with Harvesters, they have a number of barrels placed in grocery stores around town and they have done an outstanding job of raising awareness about hunger in our region. Here are a few numbers that I found amazing when I took a tour of their facility.
44 Million. OK we started with a big one. Harvesters distributed 44 million pounds of food and household products to the hungry in 2013.
- 620. That’s how many agencies count on Harvesters for food assistance. Agencies served by Harvesters include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. That network has an incredible reach, providing assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week.
- 26. That’s the number of counties in the Harvesters service area. I always thought they were serving the KC area, I never knew how far they extended out into the region.
19,000. This is the number that was permanently burned into my memory. That is the number of children that the BackSnack program will serve this year. Many children in the area receive free and reduced-price school meals during the week, but are at risk of hunger on weekends. Harvesters offers the BackSnack program, which provides backpacks of food to low-income children for the weekend, to combat weekend hunger. $250 will provide this service for one child for a year.
187,000. Volunteer hours contributed in 2013 by people just like you.
There are 3 ways you can help. Give food, give time or give money. As you might imagine after seeing some of those numbers above, it takes a whole lot of all 3 to make Harvesters the great organization that it is. One we should all be proud of.
Now the most important number of all: 816-929-3000. Call today to see how you can make a difference.
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