"Kansas City. Admit it—you love this place. While the rest of the country is just beginning to see what we’ve got here, you can say you knew it all along. Two cities of the same name, separated by a just line on a map… Kansas City is a town of neighbors. But, however you define neighbor, one of yours probably doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. Be it a state line, county line road, city limit or just a simple fence, hunger knows no boundaries. Harvesters—The Community Food Network serves 141,500 different people each month. That’s enough to fill Kauffman Stadium 3 times. Imagine that each person at last year’s World Series left not knowing how they could put food on the table the next day. Hunger is more than homelessness. It’s a kid down the street who is dreading a weekend without food provided by their school. It’s the struggling graduate student sitting next to you in class or the mom working at the desk across from you. Every year, Harvesters’ network provides food assistance–either a meal or groceries–to someone in our region nearly 3 million times.
Let’s join together, a city wide block party of sorts, to celebrate this town that we loved before any “Best Of” list went viral. A town that has supported hunger relief for their neighbors for over three decades, and will continue for years to come. Let’s join together to end hunger. Get Fed Up.
Every generation has an anthem. Ours has a voice and this October 10th we are getting Fed Up – a hunger for change has been unleashed. To borrow from an eighties-hair-band-anthem of the past, let’s just say, “We’re not gonna take it anymore!”
Without a doubt, solutions to large social issues are among us, ready to be tapped by the conversation of fresh and forward-thinkers. We know it might take a beer or two, some good fun and great music to get us on the same page. Lucky for us, Fed Up Fest has all that and more."
Seeing as Harvesters was to be the beneficiary of the competition this year, let's make this a way we can still give back to them and the community that we all care about. Below is the email that was sent me:
"I have all of our volunteer options for Fed Up Fest finalizing and would love to give your group a shot at some of the volunteer shifts. We would ask that you review with your group how many would be available and determine if you would like to handle one shift across the entire event, or one opportunity throughout the evening. We do ask that if a volunteer is unable to complete their shift, that they find a replacement for themselves. Example volunteer jobs are:
Redemption Area Assist guests with selecting prizes achieved through the Fed UP Fest app!
Site Hosts Welcome guests, assist with questions, other duties as assigned.
Packing Event Assist in the packing of 10,000 meals at Fed Up Fest! Check Holiday meal Kits for accuracy, load items onto pallets, and restock product.
Overall Activities Monitor and assist with games, activities and educational Harvesters opportunities.
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
9:30 PM – 12:30 PM
Limited opportunities available between 1:30-5:00 PM and 5:00-8:30 PM for Packing Event!
Volunteers will receive a Fed Up Fest Volunteer t-shirt to wear at the event. Please wear comfortable, closed toe shoes.
Please let me know as soon as possible! We’re really looking forward to working with your group in this way!"
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible (preferably by or before Tuesday Sept. 8th). We will need to give them a total headcount soon so that they can make a spot for us. If we handle an entire area, she said that we will need to have at least a minimum of 12 people to cover shifts for that area; 1:30 - 12:30 (4 per shift). If we can't cover that, they will gladly accept any and all help.
So what say you members of the Kansas City Beard & Moustache Club? Are you ready to get Fed Up???