National Guard And Harvesters Help Feed Warsaw In Hard Times

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Local residents in need of food lined up at Harbor Village on Wednesday, April 29, to receive fresh groceries provided by Harvesters, a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and Northeastern Kansas. 130 families were given fresh produce, soup mixes, crackers and dry goods before the food ran out. 
 “I was standing by the 10 plus pallets of food that were stacked high, and people were telling me that when the food ran out, there were still cars lined up down Dam Access Road past McDonalds,” said Diane, a Katy Trail Certified Community Health Worker who diligently worked to make this service possible to the community.
Diane said that she has been working on several projects and was finally able to get food delivered from Harvesters last week. She said that Harvesters also provided extra support from 10 National Guard volunteers who helped unload the refrigerated food service box truck, and helped with traffic flow.
“I had gotten the word out by phone and email about the county’s need for food, and was contacted by a representative of Harvesters,” said Diane. “After a time was set for delivery, I posted the information on the Benton County Health Service Facebook page, and the Harvesters network sent out word to the area churches and food pantry. Word of mouth also spread news of the service.”
Diane is presently trying to arrange for another delivery of food from Harvesters. 
Food is available for local residents from the Benton County Food Pantry that is operating Monday and Wednesday, 9 AM to 3 PM, with 12 to 1 PM closed for lunch. 
The Harvesters’ organization provides food and related household products to more than 760 nonprofit agencies including food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s home and others. It also offers education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and teach about good nutrition. 
Harvester’s main facility is located in Kansas City, Missouri at 3801 Topping Avenue. Harvesters also operates a second facility in Topeka, Kansas at 215 E. Quincy Street. It is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks.