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Volunteers keep Food for Kids Program rolling

WICHITA, Kansas - Volunteers from Ameriprise were busy Monday at the Kansas Food Bank packing 7,000 bags of food that will go to elementary and middle school kids across Kansas this coming Friday.
 
"It's a supplement that allows them, when they start having that hunger pain in their tummy, they have the available items for them to have something to eat," said Larry Gunkel, Kansas Food Bank.
 
The Food for Kids Program started in 2004 when a Mulvane police officer saw a need in his hometown of kids going hungry on the weekends.
 
"What makes the program work is the fact the Kansas Food Bank is not linked to any school, and actually said here's a program available to your students, and it's all been through networking with the schools," added Gunkel.
 
Each weekday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., volunteers package up single serve items that require no heating and no refrigeration.
 
"Hunger is always going to be with us, our goal, especially with children through no fault of their own, they don't have any food over the weekend, so we don't look for this program to go away any time soon and our hope is that it won't be, " said Brian Walker, Kansas Food Bank.
 
At Jefferson Elementary, 38 students get a pack of food each week.
 
"A lot of our families tell me that the food stamps don't stretch through the whole month," said Cammy Houston, Communities in Schools.
 
So as long as there is no end to the need in sight, the Kansas Food Bank will continue to help.
 
"We're just blessed the Wichita community has supported this program, businesses, individuals, corporations, because it touches somebody that can't help themselves."
 

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