Johnson County Government's employee-led Feed the Need campaign helped fill the shelves of 10 Johnson County food pantries. This year’s effort brought in nearly 366,000 pounds of food, well above the goal of 325,000 pounds.
The annual food drive campaign collects donations that directly benefit food pantries serving Johnson County residents. Six of the food pantries receiving the assistance are located in county-operated multi-service centers. The other four recipients are Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, First Christian Church of Olathe, the Shawnee Community Services Center and the Salvation Army Olathe Corps.
Brad Reinhardt, director of Facilities and Maintenance, and Brian Pietig, director of Public Works/county engineer, served as co-chairs for the 2016 Feed the Need and made ceremonial check presentations Thursday to representatives from the Feed the Need recipient agencies.
The campaign first started in 1987 when the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office made a small donation to a Shawnee food pantry. Former employee Rick Beckwith saw the need to turn this effort into a county-wide effort.
Feed the Need hosted two fundraising events this year that included food booths, prize drawings and games. Employee events throughout the year that supported the effort included bake sales, a golf tournament, a chili cook-off and a 5K walk/run.
Since the program has begun, Johnson County Government has collected more than three million pounds of donations for local pantries.
About Johnson County, Kansas
Located in the southwestern quadrant of the Kansas City Metropolitan Region, Johnson County, Kansas is a community of choice with a current population of more than 575,000, making it the most populated of the 105 counties in Kansas, but traditionally having the lowest mill levy in the state. For more information visit the county’s website at www.jocogov.org.