Harvesters and its agencies have seen a 40 percent increase in demand for emergency food assistance due to local economic conditions
Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) October 20, 2009
M&I Bank and its partners, including Sports Radio 810 WHB, Mix 93.3 and Hampton Inn & Suites Country Club Plaza, today are launching the Tackle Hunger food drive to benefit Harvesters Community Food Network. The food drive, which will run through Nov. 19, aims to raise 150,000 meals or $30,000 for Harvesters.
"Harvesters and its agencies have seen a 40 percent increase in demand for emergency food assistance due to local economic conditions," said Jeff Chambers, M&I Bank Kansas City Region vice president. "We encourage all Kansas City businesses and residents to join us in supporting Harvesters and its goal to help end hunger in Kansas City."
Harvesters and its 550-plus agencies provide assistance to nearly 60,000 people each week. Forty-three percent of those receiving emergency food assistance are children and seven percent are senior citizens. Harvesters' most-needed items include: canned vegetables, fruit, meat/tuna and soup; boxed meals like Hamburger Helper or Pasta Roni; peanut butter; hot and cold cereal; and household products, such as soap, deodorant, shampoo and toilet paper. Additionally, for each dollar donated, Harvesters can provide five meals.
Food and monetary donations will be accepted at any area M&I Bank, the Hampton Inn Country Club Plaza or online at http://www.tacklehungerkc.com. The Tackle Hunger food drive will culminate with a community-wide event on Tuesday, Nov. 17, which will be held at M&I Bank on the Country Club Plaza from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
M&I Bank employees will also be volunteering at Harvesters and several of its agencies throughout Kansas City on Nov. 17 as part of M&I Community Day¸ a nationwide mobilization of M&I employees to benefit the communities in which they work.
M&I Community Day was launched in 2001, and since its inception, thousands of people have benefited from the efforts of M&I employees corporate wide. In 2008, nearly 4,000 employees from more than 300 M&I locations coordinated M&I Community Day projects in nine states. Individual M&I locations choose the organizations their project(s) will benefit based on the needs of their local communities.
About M&I Bank
M&I Bank is an affiliate of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation (NYSE: MI), a diversified financial services corporation headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with $59.7 billion in assets. Founded in 1847, M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank is the largest Wisconsin-based bank, with 193 offices throughout the state. In addition, M&I has 53 locations throughout Arizona; 32 offices in Indianapolis and nearby communities; 36 offices along Florida's west coast and in central Florida; 16 offices in Kansas City and nearby communities; 26 offices in metropolitan Minneapolis/St. Paul, and one in Duluth, Minn.; and one office in Las Vegas, Nev. M&I's Southwest Bank subsidiary has 17 offices in the greater St. Louis area. M&I also provides trust and investment management, equipment leasing, mortgage banking, asset-based lending, financial planning, investments, and insurance services from offices throughout the country and on the Internet (http://www.mibank.com or http://www.micorp.com). M&I's customer-based approach, internal growth, and strategic acquisitions have made M&I a nationally recognized leader in the financial services industry.
About Harvesters - The Community Food Network
Harvesters is the only food bank serving a 26-county area of northeastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 550 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children's homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. Agencies in Harvesters' network provide food assistance to more than 60,000 different people each week. Harvesters, which was founded in 1979, is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. For more information, visit http://www.harvesters.org.
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