Johnson County Government’s Feed the Need campaign will help fill the shelves at 10 Johnson County food pantries with more than 127 tons of food raised. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe served as the 2013 Feed the Need chairperson, and made check presentations today to representatives from the Feed the Need recipient agencies.
All donations collected in the food drive will benefit food pantries serving eligible Johnson County citizens. Six of the food pantries are located in multi-service centers operated by the Johnson County Department of Human Services. Last year, the pantries provided food or food vouchers to 2,242 households with 12,681 individuals. In the first five months of this year, the pantries provided food assistance to 811 households, serving 2,957 individuals.
“Without the hard work and dedication of Johnson County Government employees, our local pantries would be unable to meet the growing needs of the people in our community who are less fortunate,” says District Attorney Steve Howe, the 2013 Feed the Need campaign chairman. “This type of team effort is what makes Johnson County a great place to live and work.”
Feed the Need kicked off on June 12 with an event on the County Square in downtown Olathe. The event included games, prize drawings and food booths, and served as a donation drop-off site. Throughout the rest of June, employees donated food or funds as a department or agency.
In addition to today’s check presentations, Howe and Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert presented certificates of appreciation to Johnson County Government departments and agencies that raised 24 tons of food or less. The following departments received special recognition due to the food and funds they collected.
- Chairman’s Award for most donations: Treasury and Financial Management (24.06 tons)
- Commissioner’s Award for most donations per employee: Planning & Development (472 lbs. per employee)
- Rick Beckwith Cup for highest percentage of increased collection over the prior year: Developmental Support ($7,570 over last year)
Johnson County’s Feed the Need started in 1987 with one county department and the collection of less than one ton of food. County Government has collected more than three million pounds of donations for local pantries since the program began.
The county has been a leading participant in the annual metropolitan Feed the Need campaign since 1988. Feed the Need is a regional effort coordinated by the Mid-America Regional Council, the Mid-America Assistance Coalition, and Harvesters International.