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Harvesters feeds 97,150 children a year through our network of pantries, food kitchens and shelters. We also provide more than 20,155 BackSnacks to kids every weekend and in 2016, our Kids Cafe program provided more than 449,143 summer and after-school meals.
Programs for children
Many families, including many working families, are struggling to meet basic needs and put food on the table. Our clients tell us:
• 63 percent have had to choose between paying for utilities and buying groceries.
• 54 percent have had to choose between paying the rent or mortgage and buying food.
• 62 percent have had to choose between paying for medicine or medical care and buying groceries.
Programs for families
As Baby Boomers age, the need for food assistance by older adults is projected to increase. By 2040, studies project one in five U.S. residents will be older adults, compared to just one in seven today.
Food insecure seniors are at higher risk for depression and chronic diseases. They are 53 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack and 52 percent more likely to develop asthma. Many seniors in our community face health and mobility problems that limit their access to healthy food.
Programs for seniors
Harvesters educates about the issue of hunger and offers nutrition education classes to teach low-income children and adults how to cook and eat healthier meals. Harvesters' nutrition programs are sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City.
Nutrition education classes