One in six children in the United States is hungry. In the communities surrounding KanPak Penn Yan and KanPak Arkansas City, that number is even higher with one in five children under the age of 18 struggling with food security. On November 21, GSF Foundation volunteers in these two U.S. cities helped combat childhood hunger with Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch events.
KanPak Penn Yan associates welcomed their local communities, event sponsors and the news media to gather around the table for a soup kitchen-style meal at Brock’s Bowl & Pizzeria. The second annual “No Lunch” Lunch event raised awareness and $18,500 for New York’s Foodlink.
“Kids who have reported food insecurity get backpacks filled with food for weekends and holidays,” said Julie Burke, Foodlink’s director of development. “Our mission is to leverage the power of food to end hunger and build healthier communities. There is no greater example than this event, with a company that makes food products helping those who live here. We are extremely grateful.”
In Arkansas City, associates raised $7,953 to support Kansas City Food Bank during the facility’s third annual “No Lunch” Lunch. Local charities, religious leaders, corporate sponsors and community volunteers gathered together for the inspiring event, held at KanPak’s warehouse.
“We give our community a taste of childhood hunger to raise awareness and funds, so we can feed local children who need our support most,” said Connie Shire, GSF Foundation Chair for KanPak Arkansas City. “We’re thankful for our volunteers, sponsors and donors for making this annual tradition possible again.”