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Feed the Need collects almost 145 tons in food donations

Johnson County’s 2018 Feed the Need campaign is providing almost 145 tons in food donations and cash to benefit seven local food pantries.

Results of the Feed the Need campaign were announced Thursday, Sept. 6, to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) by Ellen Wernicke, director of the county’s Department of Emergency Management and Communications and chair of the 2018 campaign. The announcement coincides with September being Hunger Action Month, locally and nationally.

The 2018 campaign collected 289,765 pounds of food, both in actual food donations and cash totaling $71,620. A dollar donation represents four pounds of food. Each of the food pantries benefitting from Feed the Need received $7,162 for use in providing food supplies to eligible Johnson County residents.

Three of the food panties are in multi-service centers at Mission, Lenexa and Gardner operated by the Department of Human Services. The Feed the Need campaign also assists food pantries operated by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Shawnee Community Services, First Christian Church of Olathe and Salvation Army.

More information is available at http://jocogov.org/press-release/johnson-county-government-collects-nearly-145-tons-food-area-food-pantries.