Food insecurity affects one in every five children in Saline County. That is why the Salina Emergency Aid/Food Bank, whose mission it is to provide emergency needs for food, shelter and well-being to Saline County residents, has announced a matching gift challenge intended to secure funds needed to expand operations to meet the rising needs of the community.
“We are so privileged to have specials donors pay tribute to our 50th anniversary by matching donations received before Dec. 31 up to $50,0000. We can’t think of a better way to encourage others to join us in providing families safe access to nutrition and resources," said Food Bank Executive Director Karen Couch. "In addition to funding a strategic expansion of our operations, this campaign gives us the endurance to keep fighting hunger and helping our most vulnerable citizens in the years to come.”
As the need for resources continues to grow due to the pandemic, many Kansans — including children, seniors and increasingly vulnerable populations — find themselves struggling to get back on track. The Food Bank distributed a record-setting amount of food and hygiene items over the last year through food programs and partner relationships.
Looking to the future, Couch said, “Our food bank is more than just a short-term solution to a household in crisis. We are positioned to be a key step on the road to long-term stability, but it takes hard-working team of creative individuals, volunteers and donors to make it happen.”
For those looking to contribute to the food bank, donations can be made online via the website, mailed in, or dropped off at 255 S. Chicago Street during normal business hours.