Fill the Fridge kicks off in a big way at Platte City Price Chopper

PLATTE CITY, Mo. - It's been a good start to Fill the Fridge!

Kansas City's first-ever food drive for perishable items got kick-started Monday morning at the Price Chopper in Platte City, and it didn't take long for you to step into action.

By 5:15 p.m., donations through the Virtual Food Drive on had reached $2,405, which is 12,025 meals, in the first day!

41 Action News is helping kick off a first-of-its-kind food drive for the Kansas City metro.

Monday is the first of five days this week we'll be taking donations at Kansas City-area Price Choppers.

The 41 Action News team will be at the location on Ensign Hill Drive in Platte City all day long on Monday.

To donate, just come in to the store, buy a perishable item like milk, cheese or fruit, and put it in the refrigerated truck.

If you can't make it out to any of the locations, add to the donations already made to the Virtual Food Drive.

Check out this YouTube video to see JiaoJiao Shen walk you through the steps of donating online:

Why are we doing this?

Food drives often have to ask for non-perishables and canned items because of the logistics of storing and transporting. This event will allow you to donate items like milk, cheese, lunchmeat, and fruit to people who need them but rarely get them.

One in five children in this city has food insecurity, meaning they aren't sure if they'll eat tonight. You can be a part of this perishables movement. You and your families, your kids, your church groups, your neighbors can all be a part of helping FILL THE FRIDGE!

This drive benefits Harvesters and the more than 620 agencies it serves. We've partnered with Price Chopper to make it easy on those wanting to donate. Simply buy extra while you do your grocery shopping and drop at any one of the five chosen locations, or donate online and virtually fill the fridge.

Together, we can make a tremendous difference in the lives of neighbors, classmates, and co-workers in need.

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