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Donors step up amid COVID-19 pandemic for the Fill the Fridge campaign

Harvesters – The Community Food Network, saw an increase in Fill the Fridge campaign donations amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 compared to 2019.

The annual, month-long partnership between Harvesters, KSHB 41 News and Price Chopper stores in the Kansas City area aims to collect donations for those in need.

In 2020, Harvesters received 22,807 pounds of donated food compared to 22,452 in 2019 during Fill the Fridge – an increase of 455 pounds of food in the four-day stretch.

The organization also received more than $15,000 more in monetary donations in 2020 compared to 2019 – $42,552.45 compared to $27,378, respectively.

Harvesters also received 146,663 in meals donations in 2020 compared to 100,844 in 2019.

As many families adjusted to the pandemic, the need for Harvesters' services became more crucial.

Last April, hundreds lined up for a Harvesters' food giveaway event in Kansas City, Kansas, highlighting the increased need for its services.

Harvesters also reported a 40% increase in the need of its services in the Kansas City region because of the pandemic.

This year’s event runs from Sept. 7-11.

At KSHB 41, we understand that the coronavirus pandemic has affected how our viewers interact on a daily basis, including their shopping and charitable habits. For those who are unable to visit one of our Fill the Fridge locations between Sept. 7 and Sept. 11, donations also are accepted online.

Donate to Fill the Fridge online.

Donations can be made in various predetermined amounts or by selecting the “Your Gift of Any Amount” option and entering the amount you would like to offer.

Contributors also have the option of turning their donation into an automatic monthly gift. Gifts of $25 or more can be made in someone’s honor and Harvesters will send a tribute card to that person.

To donate in person, the following Price Chopper locations are partnering with KSHB 41 for Fill the Fridge:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 7: 500 Northeast Barry Road, Kansas City, MO.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 8: 9717 North Ash Avenue, Kansas City, MO.
  • Thursday, Sept. 9: Northeast Woods Chapel Road, Lee's Summit, MO.
  • Friday, Sept. 10: 13351 Mission Road, Leawood, KS.
  • Saturday, Sept. 11: 7201 West 151st Street, Overland Park, KS.
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What should you buy when you visit your local Price Chopper to help Fill the Fridge? Harvesters requests kid-friendly perishables, or every $1 donated helps provide three meals.

Fill the Fridge Shopping List:

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Orange juice
  • Hot dogs
  • Apples
  • Bacon
  • Yogurt
  • Oranges
  • Pre-packaged lunch meats (not deli)