Monday, May 20, 2013

Employees help to fight hunger in their communities

By Kerry Watson, Director of Communications

MKC employees, Jeff Jones and Perry Stussy, unload food
items at the Reno County Food Bank.
Last week was a humbling experience for many MKC employees as they traveled throughout south central Kansas presenting financial and food contributions to area food banks. 

On Friday, Jeff Jones, Location Manager at Haven, helped deliver 2500 lbs. of flour along with 300 lbs. of canned and dry goods and presented a check for $2500 to the Reno County Food Bank.  My team and I feel very fortunate to work for a company that believes in community involvement and strives to support our neighbors,” stated Jones.

Timing of the donations was critical as food banks expect an increase in assistance during summer months.  Penny Haney, Reno County Food Bank Director,  commented that their facility served approximately 1200 people last month, or an average of 400 families.  “We had 54 new cases last month,” said Haney. “And we expect this number to rise with schools letting out for the summer.”

MKC hosted its second annual food drive throughout the month of April, collecting over 6,500 lbs. of food.  “A number of employees made it their personal mission to insure the drive was a success,” stated Adam McDaniel, committee chairperson for the food drive.

Seventeen area businesses lent a helping hand donating over $3,000.  MKC employees then turned the cash into canned and dried goods.  Also supporting the food drive was Horizon Milling in Wichita with a donation of 7500 lbs. of flour.  

MKC also donated $15,000 to nine area food banks.  The donations were part of a matching funds program sponsored by Land O’ Lakes.  Since 2012, MKC has made cash contributions to area food banks totaling more than $42,000.