Harvesters Announces 'Our Community CAN' Food Drive

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TOPEKA, Kan. –Together we can solve hunger! That’s the theme for Hunger Action Month this September and Harvesters needs volunteers to collect food donations in neighborhoods around Topeka and Lawrence for its Our Community CAN Neighborhood Food Drive.

Harvesters will supply plastic bags, but Hunger Champions are needed to adopt a neighborhood or individual blocks in a neighborhood, drop off bags at neighbors’ doors and then pick up donated non-perishable food and take it to a drop-off site on Saturday, September 28.

Hunger Champions can be individuals, families, students who need community service hours or church, youth or scout groups who want to help feed hungry children, seniors and families in our community.

How to become a Hunger Champion

Sign up to become a Hunger Champion by calling 1.877.653.9517 or emailing fooddrive@harvesters.org. Hunger Champions need to pick up bags from Harvesters in Topeka at 215 SE Quincy Street and deliver them no later than Thursday, September 26. Food donations will be collected at Harvesters in Topeka and at the Hallmark facility in Lawrence (101 McDonald Drive) on Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About Harvesters—The Community Food Network
Harvesters is this area’s only food bank and was Feeding America’s 2011 Food Bank of the Year.

Serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas, Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. Agencies in Harvesters’ network provide food assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week.

Harvesters, which was founded in 1979, is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. For more information, visit