UTCH 2018

Uniting to Combat Hunger

Did You Know?

Food insecurity is a societal issue that affects 1 in 8 people in the United States. In the Kansas City area alone, nearly 14 percent of the community face food insecurity. This is a serious issue that also plagues our nation’s service men and women, as research shows 25 percent of the nation’s total active duty and reserve personnel seeks aid from food pantries and other charitable programs across the country.

Defined as the lack of access to enough nutritionally adequate foods to live an active, healthy life, food insecurity contributes to:

  • Serious health complications, especially when people facing hunger are forced to choose between spending money on food and medicine or medical care.
  • Damage to a child's ability to learn and grow.
  • Difficult decisions for seniors - often living on fixed incomes - such as choosing between paying for food and critical healthcare.

This is why the VFW, Humana, Harvesters–The Community Food Network and After the Harvest are "Uniting to Combat Hunger" through a collaborative campaign designed to raise awareness and fight food insecurity in the Greater Kansas City area. 


We Needed Your Help ... You Answered!

When the "Uniting to Combat Hunger" campaign kicked off with a goal of providing 50,000 meals to those in need across the Greater Kansas City area, VFW members and the Kansas City community rallied to show their support. Barrels were made available throughout Kansas City at a variety of locations, including VFW Posts, Humana neighborhood locations, Partners in Primary Care Centers, Lockton Affinity, Harley-Davidson and Hy-Vee store locations.

When the campaign culminated at the 119th VFW National Convention in Kansas City, July 21-25, the VFW was proud to announce we surpassed our goal! But, our fight won't end there. With your help we can continue raise awareness and fight food insecurity all across the nation.