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The Kansas Food Bank is starting a new program aimed at fighting hunger among senior citizens across the state. The program will provide food items in a "Bob Box," which is named after former Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who is endorsing and supporting the program.
The new program was announced Friday at a news conference by Food Bank president and CEO Brian Walker. He says more than 6.5 percent of Kansans over age 50 are "food insecure," which means they don't always know where their next meal will come from. He added that 7.8 percent of Kansans over age 65 are living below the poverty level. Walker says the Bob Box will be provided through health departments, VFW posts and other locations, and AARP Kansas will help in getting the word out on the program.
The Bob Box will be available in 24 counties in northwest and north central Kansas later this year, and over the next 5 years it will be expanded to the southwest, south central and southeast areas of Kansas.
Walker says Dole has committed $250,000 over the next 5 years to support the Bob Box program.
(photo at left shows Kansas Food Bank president Brian Walker with former U.S. Senator Bob Dole)