Kansas Foodbank Warehouse

aka Kansas Food Bank   |   Wichita, KS   |


Our mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate HungerCare whenever and wherever it is needed to safeguard the health, well-being and productivity of food-insecure Kansas families and their children, as well as senior citizens, the homeless and the chronically ill and impoverished among us.

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President & CEO

Mr. Brian F Walker

Main address

1919 E Douglas

Wichita, KS 67211 USA

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Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Kansas Food Bank work to address food insecurity is 85 kansas counties. Our programs are designed to address over all food insecurity for people needing food assistance. Children that need weekend food assistance to seniors who need monthly food assistance.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Stocking Pantries

The Kansas Food Bank is the primary source of food for hundreds of hunger-relief agencies in our 85-county service area. These agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs and senior delivery programs.  The Wichita Cargill Cares Complex is the central collection and distribution facility for this food. Working with Feeding America’s network of food distributors, the Kansas Food Bank receives millions of pounds of donated food product. This inventory is further supplemented by what is collected through local food drives, food recovery programs, and food we purchase at steeply discounted rates. Drawing on these multiple sources, the Kansas Food Bank is able to offer our hunger-relief agencies a nutritious variety of non-perishable and fresh food items. The agencies then use our food to supply pantries, food box distribution programs and on-site feeding programs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

A Kid-Friendly School-based Program – Because the most essential school supply is food.Food 4 Kids was established for students who are food insecure and who are not getting sufficient food outside of school on a regular basis. The Food Bank provides food and supplies to Food 4 Kids schools in Kansas, which are operated in partnership with community schools.The Food 4 Kids program allows participating schools to receive food and backpacks from the Kansas Food Bank at no cost so that we can provide food to chronically hungry children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Since 1995, the Kansas Food Bank has worked to address hunger in rural parts of our state. In 1997, the Kansas Food Bank opened a branch warehouse facility in Independence to help serve Southeast Kansas.

The Food Bank trucks today distribute food through a system that brings food directly to rural communities, where our partnering hunger-relief agencies are located throughout 85 counties.

Population(s) Served

Each day the Kansas Food Bank’s refrigerated trucks head out to pick up fresh meat, produce, dairy, bakery and lunch meat items from over 38 Wichita-areal Dillons, Walmart and Sams Club Stores. These retailers pull product that is approaching sell-by date but is still high quality food, stored at proper temperature. This food is brought to the Food Bank and then distributed to our hunger-relief agencies. In the past year alone, the Retail Store Pick Up Program allowed us to provide an additional 500,000 pounds of top-quality nutritious, fresh foods to families in need.The Kansas Food Bank is currently in the process of expanding this program to non-urbanl areas of our state. We currently have more than 20 agency partners who pick-up this high-quality food from retailers in their local communities, providing an additional 1,000 lbs of fresh food for people in need.

Population(s) Served

Simply titled "Bob Box”, this program is geared towards providing a safety net for seniors who experience food insecurity.  Sponsored and endorsed by Senator Robert J. Dole, the program will help seniors who often face difficult choices between paying medical and utility bills and buying food.  This new program has been designed with the needs of seniors in mind, and incorporates a new model delivery system that respects their character and dignity, while making access easier.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To alleviate Hunger in our 85 county service area.

To provide Health Foods for a healthy lifestyle.

To insure everyone has the Food they need.

The Kansas Food Bank has several strategies in place to ensure No Kansas Go Hungry.

Feeding Kids - we operate a weekend backpack program aimed to reach chronically hungry children during the school year. These are children who lack regular access to meals when school is not in session. We also operate summer food programs, again to reach kids during a time that school meals are not available.

Feeding Seniors - we have four different models to help provide meals to seniors. CSFP is the commodity supplemental food program designed for low income seniors. Bob Boxes reach those seniors to proud to ask for help. Senior Mobile Pantries are held in specific counties to reach seniors that lack other services. Finally in Wichita, we work with Senior Services to provide monthly food boxes to seniors who need additional assistance.

Feeding Families - we have 160 pantry partners in 85 counties that we work with to provide food for them to distribute to households in need. We also run monthly mobile pantries to communities that lack or have limited pantry service.

Health Foods - we have made the commitment to provide healthier, fresh foods. Of the households we serve, 27% have at least one member with diabetes and 48% have at least one member with heart disease. We recently added a new volunteer center to our location and doubled our cooler capacity to be able to process more fresh produce.

The Kansas Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Kansas. We have been providing hunger relief since 1984. We have taken specific steps to ensure we are meeting the needs of our hungry neighbors.

We partner with hunger relief agencies across the state: food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to reach individuals and families who seek food assistance. In addition the Kansas Food Bank runs several programs geared towards reaching children, families and senior citizens who experience food insecurity. Annually we provide a meal to over 215,000 Kansans who rely on our network.

The Kansas Food Bank began operations in a rented building in 1984, serving just 16 agencies in a single county. We are now serving over 700 hunger-relief partners in 85 counties, with over 14 million meals distributed in FY19/20. We attribute our on-going growth to several moves intended to increase the number of hungry people we help, the ways in which we help, and the amount of food we distribute.

In 1985, the Kansas Food Bank became affiliated with Feeding America (known then as America’s Second Harvest), a national nonprofit that coordinates collection and distribution of millions of tons of food from national corporations that would otherwise be discarded as unmarketable waste.

The Kansas Food Bank works hard to have partner distribution in each of its 85 counties.

Distribution could be a fixed base pantry, mobile pantry site, Food 4 Kids location, summer meal site, senior food box location or a combination of any of those. In many counties we have multiple distribution types to ensure needs are being met.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Kansas Foodbank Warehouse

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Kansas Foodbank Warehouse

Board of directors
as of 05/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rebecca Rather

Board co-chair

Tim Zynda

Concrete Materials

Term: 2022 - 2024

Doug Jenkins

Roger Kepley

Dana Knott

Don Meiergerd

Rebecca Rather

Sam Seward

Jim Shelden

Brian Walker

Tim Znyda

Dan Eilert

Joshua Hampel

Karen Wright

Judy Davis

Dan Heinz

Dan Dejmal

Michael Herbet

Renee Reed

Sergio Romam

James Cocca

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/30/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/22/2022

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.