Because the most essential school supply is food
West Heights UMC partners with the Kansas Food Bank to pack food bags for students who are food insecure and may not be getting sufficient food outside of school on the weekends. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as households that are uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet basic needs of all their members because of insufficient money or other resources. These students are identified by school staff members and enroll them in the program. Now in its tenth year, Food 4 Kids provides nearly 7,000 children with nutritious food every week. To learn more about this program, please click here. If you have questions about this mission program and would like more information, please click here - we will get back with you soon!
Upcoming Opportunities To Serve
The Food 4 Kids program operates from August through March each year. During that period, West Heights has a standing reservation the first Wednesday of each month from 8am-10am. Please click here to see what service opportunities are coming up soon!
Kansas Food Bank Volunteer Policies
Before you sign up to serve, please make sure you read these volunteer policies so that you are prepared! This document will answer many common questions.
Where We Serve
Would you like to see people in action serving God through the Food 4 Kids Program? Check it out below!
Yea! We got back to packing bags this month! 17 people (including 1 new Facebook friend!) participated this morning completing 59 1/2 boxes consisting of 476 backpack bags holding 6,664 food items.
Food 4 Kids was "ahead of schedule" so 16 people served state-wide food agencies by sorting food and packing 67 boxes with 3.015 pounds of food items. You have to be flexible when you serve and this team was!
13 people served KS students in need by completing 71 1/2 boxes containing 572 backpack lunch bags with 9,152 food items
In preparation for the upcoming school year, 12 people helped unpack 83 Food 4 Kids boxes containing 664 bags of 10,624 individual food items - excess from the last school year - a total reversal of what we normally do! This food will be distributed to area food agencies.
23 people served this day working
on TEFAP (The Emergency Food
Assistance Program) completing
324 boxes in 2 hours what normally
takes the Food Bank 2 days to do
12 people served this day completing
50 boxes, 404 bags, 6,464 food items
Part of the team worked on a different project bagging 6 different food items. They completed 161 of those bags.