Donate Food to Harvesters to "Check Out" Hunger

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Harvesters of Topeka reminds you not everyone will have a good meal to eat.

You can hlep through Harvester's 21st annual Check Out Hunger campaign, which began last week and runs through January 6.

Shoppers at all Dillons and HyVee stores can buy coupons up to $20 that will go toward meals during the holidays.

Barrels are also available to drop off canned goods and non-perishables.

Jannett Wiens, Constituent Relationship Manager at Harvesters, said that more people need help around this time of year.

"There are about 375,000 people in our service area that will not know where their next meal is going to come from," she said. "So the community helps through their support of the Check Out Hunger campaign because feeding one family, one senior, or one child is giving them not only hope today but ultimately, providing a stronger and healthier community in the future."

Wiens said hunger is at a high right now in the region because of job scarcity and the economy. Harvesters does not turn anyone down and will give food to anyone who needs it. Donated food usually consists of fresh produce and baked goods.

Each month, about 500 volunteers help distribute food to 26 Kansas counties that depend on the kindness of strangers.

Topeka Harvesters distributes 1.2 million pounds of food each year, donated by grocery stores and farmers. Along with Harvesters of Wichita, they donate about 7 million pounds of food annually.

Check out to find out how to volunteer, donate or get times for food distributions.

Since 1992, the campaign has raised almost $4 million, equivalent to 20 million meals.