Governor Brownback has proclaimed Tuesday, March 19 as Kansas Agriculture Day and the week of March 12-19 as Kansas Agriculture Week. The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is partnering with Dillon’s Food Stores and the Kansas agricultural community to host a variety of events to celebrate Kansas Agriculture Day. In order to reach students’ across the day, we need your help and support of this important initiative. Twenty-two percent of children in Kansas are at risk of being food insecure. Reducing hunger in Kansas is important to the Kansas agricultural community; as is educating students’ of how the food they eat transitions from farm to fork.
The statewide food drive, titled Neighbor to Neighbor, has a goal to raise 50,000 meals for Kansas families in hunger by Kansas Ag Day, March 19. School districts across the state are the only non-Dillon’s Food Stores drop-off points for the food drive. We’re asking that FFA Chapters take the lead in hosting a food drive in your community. If you are interested in participating in the food drive, please contact a food bank servicing your area to request a barrel and promotional materials. More information regarding the Neighbor to Neighbor food drive and whom to contact can be found on the Kansas Ag Day Website.
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We ask that schools, classrooms and school cafeterias join us in honoring our state’s largest industryâ€”agriculture by participating in the Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive. Other ways to participate in Kansas Agriculture day include hosting a school event on Ag Day, reading morning announcements during Kansas Ag Week, taking students’ on a field trip to a local farm or ranch, bring in a guest speaker, serve Kansas food products for lunch on Kansas Ag Day, etc.
Please contact Kate Bormann, Ag Day Coordinator, at 913-244-1146 or at Kate.Bormann@kda.ks.gov with any questions.