On Saturday, April 8th, we collectively donated 114 pounds of food, or the equivalent of 95 meals, to Harvesters. Whiting House is steadfast in our resolve to support Harvesters in its goal to “feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.”
What is Harvesters?
Harvesters is a non-profit Community Food Network operating in Kansas and Missouri. Since 1979 Harvesters has brought business leaders, faith leaders, and concerned citizens together to righteously re-task otherwise wasted food that helps feed the hungry in our communities. They send this assistance to homeless shelters, emergency food pantries, and children’s homes, among others.
In 2011 Harvesters received the Food Bank of the Year award from the nation-wide network Feeding America, of which they form a part. We are very encouraged by the excellent reputation of our local food community, and it gives us only more reason to partake.
Why do we participate?
At Whiting House, we make philanthropy a part of our DNA. Not only does it inform how we see ourselves within the world of business, but it also establishes a precedent for how we believe local business should act within the community.
Our solutions and products exist because of the community members and organizations that create the demand. We believe that our function within the community is not mutually exclusive from its health. So, we intrinsically link our business to the welfare of those among whom we live. In the Kansas-Missouri area, 383,750 people are food insecure, and 54% do not qualify for federal food stamps. There is healing to be done.
The bottom line is that feeding hungry mouths with nutritious food is the right thing to do.
Why are we writing about it?
By writing about our contribution, our intention is not to draw attention to ourselves but to Harvesters’ cause.
We believe in everything that Harvesters is doing. They accept donations in the form of food, time, money, and voice. “Voice” calls on everyone to support Harvesters initiatives and spread the word however possible. So we’re writing about it now, and we’ll write about it again.
How you can participate as well
All of us at Whiting House will continuously bring food into the office, and maintain an ongoing stockpile of items that we’ll donate each quarter. Our in-house food drive is our pledge.
We encourage all of our partners to consider how they can help. If you’re not in the Kansas-Missouri Harvesters service area, you can find your local food bank.
If you are in the Kansas City area, these are the things that Harvesters needs most:
- Canned vegetables (low sodium)
- Canned fruits in 100% juice
- Dried fruit (no added sugar preferred)
- Canned chicken, tuna, salmon (packed in water)
- Brown rice
- Whole grain pasta
- Dried beans or canned low sodium beans
- Peanut, almond, or sun butter
- Canned soup (chicken, tomato or vegetable)
- Cereal – hot and cold (whole grain, low sugar preferred)
- Toilet paper