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Harvesters - The Community Food Network

Who We Are

Hunger erodes the body and mind and wears away at our community. Children struggle to concentrate in school. Parents make desperate choices to put food on the table. Seniors compromise their already fragile health. Harvesters is the community's response to hunger. By providing food we give sustenance and hope to those in need. We also work toward long-term solutions through nutrition education, hunger awareness and advocacy. As this area's only food bank, Harvesters is a clearinghouse for the collection and distribution of food and related household products. We've been helping people in need since 1979 by: - Collecting food and household products from community and industry sources - Distributing those products and providing nutrition services through a network of nonprofit agencies - Offering leadership and education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and generate solutions to alleviate hunger

What We Do

Harvesters began service in 1979, distributing 150,000 pounds of food in the first year of operation. The food bank has continued to grow and expand operations to meet the demands for emergency food assistance. Product and financial donations, along with volunteer support for the food bank, has also grown. This year, Harvesters will distribute around 36 million pounds of product to a 26-county service area. As a result of this growing need, Harvesters has opened a new warehouse and distribution center in Topeka, to better serve the people and agencies in Shawnee county and surrounding areas. A variety of volunteer opportunities to help fight hunger in the Topeka area are available .