Food insecurity in Kansas City region remains a problem as ecomony improves

Michael Ronnebaum
May 08, 2017 - 6:26 am
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Food insecurity, the condition felt by people who don't know where their next meal is coming from, remains a major concern for people in the Kansas City area, despite economic indicators that point to increased prosperity.

Harvesters - The Community Food Network — says food insecurity is a real problem for Kansas City. 

The latest report by Feeding America® shows food insecurity exists in every county in the area served by Harversters, The Community Food Network. 

"I see situations all the time where it's real sad, where people are hungry and they don't have enough food," said Willie Ferguson, a food distributor with Harvesters. "Harvesters is all that they have sometimes." 

Harvesters provides food and household products to 16 counties in northeast Kansas and 10 counties in northwest Missouri. Food insecurity is especially prevalent in public housing complexes, Ferguson said.

"Those people people need food and they are wonderful in getting it" Ferguson said. "It's a joy to feed them because they act like I'm giving them money."

Harvesters estimates people in its 26-county service area missed 65 million meals in 2015.

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