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Portable Food Pantry Draws Hundreds in Chanute

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CHANUTE, KANSAS -

People lined up for hours, all waiting for the chance to pick out a box of free food when the Kansas Food Bank's Portable Pantry rolled up in Chanute.

"When folks think about people having to go to like a church food pantry to get a box of food or something like that, this is actually the same type of set up but it's on wheels. We load our truck up with food, we have some community partners in the community, and then we provide this food to individuals that need it,” says Brian Walker, President and CEO of the Kansas Food Bank.

Local volunteers helped check in hundreds of residents as they chose between a mix of beverages, bread, frozen meat, and perishable items.

"It's going for those who need this food that have come upon hard times, and we know that this is going to be good for them,” says volunteer Judy Froehlich.

And in the state of Kansas there's a big need, one in six people struggle with hunger.

In Crawford, Cherokee, Neosho, and Labette counties, more than 16,000 people are considered food insecure.

"It actually helps a lot when you have a big family like I do. Five kids, four kids and an adult, it really helps when you're only a single mom,” says food recipient Wanda Turner.

The Kansas Food Bank’s Portable Pantry stops in different locations across the region every three months, just one of the many ways it helping fight hunger every day.

"You know, upwards of 50% of folks choose between paying for their prescription or buying food. So if we can provide that hunger relief for them and so they can buy that prescription or so they can put gas in their car to get to work, we've done a great service,” says Walker.

450 boxes of food were given away free of charge today. The food distribution was funded by a $5,000 gift from Amerigroup Kansas. The Kansas Food Bank serves more than 10 million meals to hungry Kansans throughout the state every year.

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