The Kansas Food Bank has been busy distributing Bob Boxes in 24 counties in Northwest Kansas. The boxes of food, each containing about a week’s worth of groceries, are provided free to older Kansans who may need help at the end of the month to put food on the table. Not all counties have food banks or food pantries, so this is a way to get food out to people who may not otherwise have access to assistance. The boxes, named after former U.S. Senator Bob Dole who pledged $250,000 to the program over the next five years, are intended to help alleviate hunger among the state’s older population. AARP Kansas, through a grant from the AARP Foundation and Drive to End Hunger, is assisting the food bank in making sure Kansans know about the program. Bob Boxes will be distributed in additional western Kansas counties in 2013. The boxes are located at various locations in each of the 24 counties, including health departments, senior centers, etc. For more information, contact the Kansas Food Bank at 316-265-4421.
Bob Boxes are currently available in the following counties: Cheyenne, Sherman, Wallace, Rawlins, Thomas, Logan, Decatur, Sheridan, Gove, Norton, Grapham, Trego, Phillips, Rooks, Smith, Osborne, Russell, Jewell, Mitchell, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Republic, Cloud and Ottawa.