LEAWOOD LIONS HUNGER INITIATVE
Organizations like The Salvation Army and Catholic Charities USA
along with local pantries are reporting a substantial increase
in requests for food assistance.
Food banks are
opening their doors to increasing numbers of "the next layer of
people" - "child-care workers, nurse's aides, real estate agents
and secretaries" struggling with the financial crisis.
Pantries are facing
special difficulty from greatly increased demand for their help
and/or depletion of resources.
In response to the crisis
affecting families and children, the Leawood Lions Club launched its
Hunger Initiative to provide meaningful assistance to local
area food pantries.
The Leawood Lions Benevolent Committee met with
Harvesters and they listed 86 food pantries serving the needy.
From December 2008 through May 2010 the Leawood Lions
Foundation distributed gifts of $1,000 each to thirteen
pantries in Johnson and
Counties for a total of
The Leawood Lions Club issued a challenge to other Lions Clubs and
civic groups to provide donations to individual pantries.
The Pantries are:
Central Church of The
Nazarene - 12600 W. 87st Parkway - LENEXA
College Church of the Nazarene - 2020 E. Sheridan -
Olathe food Pantry - 621 W. Lee Street - OLATHE
Overland Park Christian Church- 7500 W. 75th Street
- OVERLAND PARK
Overland Park Church of Christ - 13400 W. 119th -
Stiwell Baptist Caring Ministry - 19950 Broadmoor
Lane - STILWELL
Bridges of Hope (United Methodist) - 933 Argentine
Boulevard - KANSAS CITY KANSAS
Grace Lutheran Church - 3333 wood Ave - KANSAS CITY
HELP 317, Inc. Victory Hills Nazarene - 6200
Parallel Parkway - KANSAS CITY KANSAS
Shawnee Community Services - 1110 W. 67th Street -
Mount Carmel Community Outreach Pantry - 1220 Troup
- KANSAS CITY KANSAS
St. Paul's Episcopal Church - 1300 N. 18th - KANSAS
Young Memorial Church of God in Christ - 2401 N.
9th - KANSAS CITY KANSAS