Harvesters, Hy-Vee and Jack FM team up to fight hunger ahead of Thanksgiving in KC

Photo by Kate Kovarik.
Photo by Kate Kovarik.

By Kate Kovarik

Despite the chilly temperatures that have recently settled over the Midwest, 102.5 Jack FM Radio and Harvesters were out bright and early this past Saturday morning at the Hy-Vee in Mission. Holiday shoppers were greeted and encouraged to donate to families in need for the second annual “Jack Saves Thanksgiving” food drive.

Harvesters and Jack FM first paired together last November to hold a food drive at the Hy-Vee in Westport. This year they teamed up again to collect food items that will help provide Thanksgiving meals for people who would otherwise not have them.

Prepared with a refrigerated truck, Harvesters highly encouraged the donation of turkeys in addition to any nonperishable Thanksgiving foods such as canned sweet potatoes, green beans, stuffing mix.

“Hunger is a big problem in our community and a lot of people don’t realize that. One in seven people in our community are food insecure,” Sarah Biles, Director of Communications at Harvesters, said. “We want to make the holidays, and also year-round, a little brighter for these families. We hope to collect as much food as we can.”

Harvesters and Jack FM worked together over the course of a couple of weeks to spread the word about their donation day through radio listeners and social media sites.

“Our listeners definitely come out to help support us,” said Ivani Bing, an on-air personality. “We are all about feeding families in Kansas City and we love teaming up with Harvesters.”

Jack FM broadcasted the event live throughout the day encouraging listeners to come to Hy-Vee to donate, participate in raffles, receive free t-shirts, and take a picture with the Kansas City Chiefs mascot, KC Wolf.

One shopper, Linda Smith, donated almost all of her groceries to the cause.

“I’ve always donated to Harvesters, especially around the holidays,” Smith said, smiling. “They’re a great organization. These are great people.”

According to Harvesters, the organization works diligently to provide over 140,000 people with food each month through their network of food pantries, homeless shelters, and more.

The donation events continued into Sunday as Harvesters teamed up with the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium to continue to collect food items as the week of Thanksgiving arrived.

“It’s a big weekend for collecting food for the hungry in Kansas City,” Biles said.