KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The number of people needing food assistance is at an all-time high. During the 2012-2013 fiscal year Harvesters distributed 44.7 million pounds of food, a 73 percent increase since 2008. Food is going out their doors as quickly as Harvesters receives it.
During the government shutdown Harvesters did not receive federal reimbursement for its programs in Kansas and Missouri. Thirty-seven percent of those receiving emergency food assistance through the Harvesters’ network are infants or children.
“An infant or child needs a solid, nutritional foundation to thrive developmentally and physically,” says Karen Cox, RN, PhD, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer at Children’s Mercy. “Every day, our clinical staff sees infants and children whose medical problems are the result of, or made worse by, malnutrition.”