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Johnson County Government collects 160 tons of food for area food pantries

Nearly 60,000 Johnson Countians do not know where their next meal is coming from

Johnson County’s 2019 Feed the Need campaign will donate the equivalent of 160 tons of food to seven local food pantries. Campaign co-directors Jay Leipzig, director of Planning and Paul Davis, chief – EMS director announced the campaign results Thursday, Sept. 19, to the Board of County Commissioners. The announcement coincides with September being Hunger Action Month, locally and nationally.

“Our theme this year is Neighbors Helping Neighbors, which is exactly what this effort is all about,” Leipzig said. “For more than 30 years, our employees have made a difference in helping our neighbors within Johnson County.”

Johnson County’s Feed the Need involvement started in 1987 with one county department and the collection of less than one ton of food. On Thursday, Leipzig and Davis announced the 2019 campaign collected 320,000 pounds of food, both in actual food donations and cash totaling $76,909. A dollar donation represents four pounds of food. The donations will be used to provide food supplies to eligible Johnson County residents.

Three of the seven food pantries are located at the North Central, Northeast and Southwest multi-service centers and are operated by the Department of Human Services. In 2018, the food pantries served 985 households, providing 2,097 services. The Feed the Need campaign also assists four other food pantries operated by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Shawnee Community Services, First Christian Church of Olathe and Salvation Army.

This news release also addresses food insecurities in Johnson County and shares which Johnson County Government departments turned in award-winning numbers.

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