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Statewide Website Launched for Food Insecure Households in Kansas

Judd Weil-News Director

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[WICHITA, Kan.]


Households seeking food assistance have a much easier way to find help thanks to a project supported by the Sunflower Foundation. The announcement came from the Kansas Food Bank on May 18.


A new website, www.kansasfoodsource.org, is designed to help people in need of food assistance find pantry locations in their areas.


The website also features a link for help applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps, along with a link for upcoming summer food sites for children.


The website lists pantries that are partner agencies of the three food banks serving Kansas: Kansas Food Bank, Harvesters - The Community Food Network, and Second Harvest Community Food Bank.


Additionally, pantries not a part of the food bank network are included along with The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) sites which are often referred to as government commodities supported by the USDA.


“The pandemic is really what set this into motion” said Brian Walker, President & CEO of the Kansas Food Bank. “Nowhere, was there a comprehensive list of all pantries that served our state. The website was designed for a user-friendly experience to help neighbors facing food insecurity by connecting Kansans in need directly with helpful resources.”


By breaking everything down to the county level, the new website features a mapping tool which allows a resident to see exactly where each pantry is located, along with a contact phone number and any other information available, such as hours of operation or what is needed to access food.


The website is easily accessible from a mobile device or desktop computer. It is geared not only towards food insecure households, but also schools, social workers, case managers, medical professionals and anyone who is trying to find resources for people they are helping.


The three food banks serving Kansas collaborate on efforts to fight hunger across Kansas. Kansasfoodsource.org is one of the many ways to ensure food insecure people have access to nutritious foods.


For questions regarding Kansasfoodsource.org, please contact the Kansas Food Bank at 316-265-3663.