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Harvesters distributing food for federal employees impacted by government shutdown

Posted at 9:24 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 23:37:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Harvesters is distributing food to federal workers impacted by the government shutdown.

For five days, starting Jan. 29, the food bank will give out food at five locations spread throughout the Kansas City metro and Topeka.

Food Bank Locations:

Tuesday, January 29thSurface parking lot between 19th and 20th off Grand Street, Kansas City, MO 64108, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30thPipefitters Local Union 533, 8600 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, MO 64138, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 31stIBEW Local Union 304, 3906 NW 16th St., Topeka, KS 66618, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, February 1stIBEW Local Union 304, 3906 NW 16th St., Topeka, KS 66618, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 2ndHarvesters facility, 3801 Topping Ave., Kansas City, MO 64129, from 9 a.m. to noon

Dustin Hardison, Harvesters Director of Agency Partnerships and Capacity, said it's a time for them to help federal workers who have contributed so much to their food bank.

"I want to say it was about 4.4 million pounds [of food] in the last couple years of donating their time, their effort and just food drives," said Hardison. "Looking at somebody that's been supportive of us over all these years, all of a sudden, being those on the other end, it's very important for us to step up."

The distributions will have some produce, non-perishable items and things like milk, eggs and meat. Harvesters will also have warming buses at locations with no indoor space for volunteers to stay warm.

Each day, the food bank plans to load up 40,000 pounds of food. Hardison said, "Not knowing when they'll get that paycheck. If it's going to be Wednesday, Thursday or even Friday. I just hope that if three people come to get food, that's all that matters."