TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - State workers were worth their weight when it came to helping those in need.
Gov. Sam Brownback and Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts announced the results Wednesday of the state's food drive for Project Topeka. The presentation took place at Cedar Crest.
41 state agencies in the Topeka and Shawnee County area took part.
Their combined 5,000 employees donated seven tons of food and more than $41,000 cash. Converted to food, that makes their grand total tip the scales at more than 41 tons.
Project Topeka fills the shelves at area food banks.
Complete News Release from the Governor's Office:
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts recognized the 41 state agencies in the Topeka/Shawnee County area who participated in this year’s Project Topeka Community Food Drive this afternoon during a reception at Cedar Crest. Nearly 5,000 employees donated more than $41,069 and seven tons of food. The cash donations convert into more than 34 tons, making the grand total more than 41 tons.
“State employees recognize have once again done a fabulous job in showing their support for Project Topeka. It is just another example of the tremendous heart Kansans have for those in need,” Governor Brownback said.
Agencies are divided into two categories, one for agencies with more than 99 full-time employees and one for agencies with less than 99 full-time employees. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office (more than100 FTE's) and the Kansas Behavioral Science Regulatory Board (less than 100 FTE's) are the 2013 winners.
Secretary Roberts served as this year’s Chairman for the State Agency Project Topeka Campaign.
“The impact of the Project Topeka campaign resonates throughout our greater community by helping those most in need. The Kansas Department of Corrections is proud to have been the honorary chair of such a worthy cause for two years in a row. The total amount of state agencies that have put great time and effort into this overall effort is greatly appreciated,” Sec. Roberts said.
The Governor also recognized the Kansas Board of Regents as the “Agency with the Most Creative Fundraising Activity” and the Kansas State Library as the “Agency with the Most Original Flyer for a Fundraising Event”.
The Kansas National Guard will pick up the food donations from the agencies and transport the donations to a warehouse.