Saturday, November 15, 2014

KCKCC-TEC to Host Food Giveaway This Weekend

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College is partnering with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Harvester’s for a Food Giveaway this weekend.

The Food Giveaway will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at KCKCC-TEC, 6565 State Ave. Food will be given to families on a first come, first serve basis.

This is a new location for the Food Giveaway in Wyandotte County. Andrica Wilcoxen, outreach and prevention coordination at KCKCC, said due to logistic issues, Harvester’s and Catholic Charities were forced to find an alternative location to host the giveaway, which has given out as much as 45,000 pounds of food at one event.

That is when Don Ash, Wyandotte County Sheriff and KCKCC Board of Trustee, got involved. Wilcoxen said Ash saw a need and thought KCKCC-TEC would be the perfect location for the beneficial event.

“This is not just processed food or canned items,” she said. “This is a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, pre-made salads – healthy items for the community. That is what I think makes it unique and different from other food drives or food giveaways. These are items families cannot necessarily purchase with food stamps or items middle class families often cannot afford.”

There are no income restrictions to the food giveaway. Food will be given to families based on the number of people in the family, and will be given out while supplies last. Cars can line up prior to 1 p.m. in the KCKCC-TEC parking lot.

Two other Food Giveaways are scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, both at KCKCC-TEC.

“I think they do a good job with providing a variety of food,” Wilcoxen said. “So many of our families in Wyandotte County as well as our students are in need of this kind of service. It is a widely used resource that we are happy to make sure continues.”

For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas at 913-433-2080.