KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On a rainy Thursday morning, dozens of cars lined up outside Kansas City, Kansas, schools to receive free boxes of produce.
The school district gave away the boxes of fresh produce for several hours on Thursday at six schools. Volunteers placed the boxes inside vehicles as they waited in line.
As of this week, the KCKPS produce distributions will now take place on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity has become a sobering reality for many in the Kansas City metro.
Harvesters Community Food Network said this week that its partner agencies have seen as much as a 40% increase in need since the pandemic.
This week, 41 Action News is partnering with Harvesters and local Price Chopper stores to Fill the Fridge, a campaign that provides food to people in need in the metro. Just $1 can provide three meals.
For more information, donation locations and a shopping list, visit the Fill the Fridge website.