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Harvesters - The Community Food Network

Who We Are

Harvesters’ mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.

We are a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. We also offer education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and teach about good nutrition. 

Harvesters' main facility is located in Kansas City, Missouri at 3801 Topping Ave. Harvesters also operates a second facility in Topeka, Kansas at 215 E. Quincy St.

Harvesters is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks.  In 2011 Harvesters was Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year. We are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Harvesters also is one of five regional disaster relief staging sites for Feeding America. We continually store a supply of food, water and cleaning supplies that can be sent to a disaster site on short notice.

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What We Do

Feeding Children 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 2015, our Kids Cafe program provided more than 368,343 summer and after-school meals. Programs for children

Feeding Families 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

Feeding Seniors 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

Healthy Eating  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.  Nutrition education classes

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Contact Information

Address Information
215 SE Quincy Street
Topeka, KS 66603
Contact: Amy Pinger
Contact Title: Community Engagement Manager
Phone: (785) 861-7711
Fax: (785) 861-7783
Email: apinger@harvesters.org

Traveling West to East from I-70

  • Take exit 361B for 3rd Street/Monroe Street.
  • Turn right at SE 3rd Street.
  • Take the first right onto SE Quincy Street.
  • Harvesters' facility will be on your left.

Traveling East to West from I-70

  • Take exit 362A for 4th Street.
  • Merge onto Madison Street. Turn left at 3rd Street.
  • Take the first right onto SE Quincy Street.
  • Harvesters' facility will be on your left.
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