Monday, January 22, 2018

Area Happenings-Week of January 21, 2018


Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  January 20, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.


January 20, 2018

Mullet Ride
 What: The one and only Mullet Ride
Time: 10 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Where: Baldwin City, Kansas
Why: The Mullet Ride is business in the front and a party in the back!

Directions: Take 56 Hwy to Baldwin City. go south at 6th street (the only stoplight in town) and go about 5 blocks to High Street and 6th. Start location is at Antiques on the Prairie which is at the corner of High Street and 6th. Ample parking is along High Street.


January 23, 2018

Baldwin City Council Work Session
Location: Baldwin City American Legion
803 High Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.




January 29, 2018
Kansas Day


Once upon a time in Kansas, a majority of business and profit revolved around the river. It was the center for shipping, it created power, it provided food. And after Quantrill's Lawrence raid and the Civil War, two African American men made their livelihood and often risked their lives while navigating not only the eddies and hidden rocks of the Kansas river, but also the ever changing rules and regulations inflicted on them by a growing government. The docudrama "When the Kings Reigned" tells the story of these men, Abe Burns and Jake Washington, the original river kings. The Friends of the Baldwin City Library will host a showing of the film followed by a discussion of the film's events at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at the Baldwin City Library. January 29 is also Kansas Day, the anniversary of the day Kansas was admitted to the Union in 1861.

The event is free and open to the public. The movie was produced by the Kansas Riverkings Museum, in Lawrence. For more information about the movie, please check out "Kansas Riverkings Museum" on Facebook.

Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.





February 3, 2018
KSHSAA Regional Piano Festival

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS


February 6, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.


February 8, 2018
Annual Honor Band Festival

Honor Band Concert
7:00 p.m.

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS


February 20, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.



February 22, 2018

2018 Annual Awards Banquet


March 1, 2 and 3, 2018
The Trojan Women
7:30 P.M.
March 4
2:00 P.M.

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

March 6, 2018
Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.



March 8, 2018
Symphonic Winds & Jazz Concert

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

March 20, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

April 19, 20 and 21, 2018
The Christians
7:30 P.M.
April 22
2:00 P.M.

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

April 27, 2018
Spring Choral Concert

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

May 3, 2018 
Chris Grubb Jazz Ensemble Concert

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

May 8, 2018
Spring Orchestra Concert

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

May 9, 2018
Chris Grubb Jazz Guest Concert

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

Third Friday Art Walk and Farmers Market

Downtown Baldwin City





Every 4th Thursday of the Month
10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St  Baldwin City, KS
Stay in car, line up and drive through



Every Tuesday through October  
Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays
through October 2016
1402 Church Street
Eudora, KS.
In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods.
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Wednesday through October
De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays through October 2016
at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
9200 Kill Creek Road
De Soto, KS
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Thursday through October 
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
through September
at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot
1832 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS
Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!;


Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS
Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!






The Friends of the Baldwin City Library would appreciate your help in telling Baldwin City residents about this special event at the library. Please contact Board Member Cynthia Beall at ckhbeall@gmail.com if you have any questions about this news release.

Opinion: Lower the DUI Limit

Kevin Surbaugh


In 1993 Kansas became the sixth state to lower the blood alcohol content (BAC) from .10 to .08. That was ten years after Utah's and Oregon's had been ignited. Now the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) is recommending that states lower the limit again. This time to .05.  That is half of what it was prior to 1993 here in the state of Kansas.  In fact, the state of Utah already approved such a change in their legislature (and was signed by the Governor) last year. That law is set to go into effect on December 30, 2018.
In an article from Salt Lake City's Fox 13,
Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, asked rhetorically why Utah just didn't go to 0.0 as a BAC, noting that the drinking laws in Europe have people as young as 15 imbibing? Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, defended the bill saying it sends a message that Utah does not tolerate drinking and driving.
- Fox 13
The states Governor Gary Herbert signed the bill in March of 2017, making Utah with lowest BAC in the country.  However, will other states follow suit? Will if the NTSB gets its way they will.  However, the recent report is not the first time the Federal agency has made the recommendation. In my research, I have found similar reports calling for a .05 BAC as far back as 2013.  So I guess the big question is will Kansas take up this issue?  For that, I turned to Senators Tom Holland, Democrat from Baldwin City and Caryn Tyson, Republican from Parker, both of whom said they were not aware of any legislative effort this year. At least not yet.
As for my thoughts, I believe that drinking and driving is a horrible thing, so yes if we can make the laws even stronger then, by all means, we should. The stronger the teeth the better it would be. Perhaps even reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents. In fact, even though it was some Democrats idea of a joke in opposition to it, perhaps it should be 0.00.  I know that will probably never happen, but that would be strict and say, don't drink and drive ever. You should have full control of your faculties and not have any amount of alcohol in your system if you are going to be behind a two-ton piece of metal.
The fact that the state is not considering this issue seems to indicate a lack of concern for the safety of so many constituents. Although, there is the issue of the budget and school financing which is far more pressing than anything else the state could be taking up at this time.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Congressional Candidate Issues Statement Regarding Government Shutdown

Press Release




(PARKER, KS) – Caryn Tyson, a Kansas State Senator running for the Kansas Second Congressional District seat being vacated by Lynn Jenkins, released the following statement today regarding the government shutdown:


Offical Photo:
State Senator Caryn Tyson
Candidate for 2nd District Congress
“The government shutdown highlights the stakes in this race. Electing a Democrat in Kansas’ second district and putting Nancy Pelosi in charge of the House will guarantee more of the same dysfunction and paralysis.”

“Democrats are blocking pay for military families and holding health insurance for children hostage in order to protect Obama-era amnesty policies. That is unconscionable. Kansans want real reform, not weak borders and illegal amnesty. They want a leader who will defend President Reagan’s vision for a ‘Shining City on Hill’ that includes a city with walls and doors. Democrats reject that balance in favor of ideologically extreme policies that undermine our economic and national security.”

“Washington Democrats need to be stopped, not reinforced. As your next representative, I’ll represent Kansas values, not the values of an extreme Democratic Party, that is hopelessly out of touch with our district and state.”

Friday, January 19, 2018

Number 13 BU Bounces Back For Win Over Rival Number 6 MNU

Press Releas: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications  Baker University


BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The number 13 ranked Baker University (BU) women’s basketball bounced back with an upset victory over rival number six Mid-America Nazerine Universtity (MNU) , 80-67, on Wednesday night inside the Collins Center.

BU improves to 15-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play, while MNU falls to 14-3 and 6-2 in Heart action.

The Wildcats have won four-straight against the Pioneers, including a three-game sweep last season.

BU is now in a three-way tie for second-place in the Heart South and travels to Oskaloosa, Iowa this Saturday, Jan. 20 to take on William Penn who is in first-place in the Heart North with its 7-1 conference record.

In the first quarter, MNU held a 22-18 advantage before Baker went into the break leading, 44-43.

The second quarter was highlighted by Anna Hignight who recorded 14 points in the frame and knocked down four, three-point field goals.

The Wildcats’ best quarter came in the third, as they outscored the Pioneers 20-10, before closing the game out in the final period for the victory.

Five ‘Cats scored in double-digits including Hignight with 20, Sydnie Hanson and Caitlin Modesett with 15 each, while Courtney Hoag scored 12, and Taylor Smith netted 11.

Tristin Wicks was the leading scorer for MNU with 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line.

Baker shot 45.3-percent from the field and 37.5-percent from behind the arc.

The Wildcat defense forced 12 Pioneer turnovers, and held MNU to 37.3-percent shooting from the field and MNU shot just 21.1-percent from three-point land on 4-of-19 shooting.


NAIA Women's Basketball Box Score
Team1234T
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)2221101467
Baker (Kan.)1826201680


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

At the Rail: The Budget Debate

Martin Hawver



Okay, the session is now a week (or, four days) old and the best news that can be reported by anyone who wanders the Statehouse for a living is that there have been no injuries.
Martin Hawver
The governor’s budget? Even the simple descriptions of it are political. Many Republicans are still fuming that the governor proposes to spend too much money, meaning tax increases are ahead, if not this session just before a new governor is elected, then the session after. Democrats are at least positive on Gov. Sam Brownback’s five-year, $600 million increase in K-12 funding, but not much else so far.
And Kansas House members who are seeking reelection, and those who want to unseat them, generally are cautious. The total dollar figure for K-12 sounds about right, but over five years?  Any chance the Kansas Supreme Court which declared last session’s K-12 plan unconstitutional will go for a five-year fix? Nobody, at least nobody who wears a black robe to work, is saying…
Probably one of the better pieces of news is that the outgoing (either this spring to a federal job, or at his term end) governor is planning to pay—yes, use real money, not a financing gimmick—$18.1 million in the rest of this fiscal year and $30.8 million in the upcoming fiscal year for the state’s share of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) contributions for teachers. The state’s pension plan, recall, has been mostly refinanced, pushing contributions into the future like you do if you refinance your home.
Another bright spot? Brownback plans to boost the budget for Statehouse operations by $200,000 so that public (and other) interest groups won’t have to pay up to $500 to hold a gathering under the dome to talk to their lawmakers. (Although for a few groups that hold Statehouse rallies, we’re figuring a two-drink minimum would have covered those now-cancelled fee hikes.)
But…the bright spots are relatively sparse. While the House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees parse each line item of the governor’s budget, which projects surpluses (yes, cash in the bank after the bills are paid) of $266 million on June 30 and $150 million the following year, few believe the fiscal year will end with that much cash.
In fact, the only new expenditure in the budget that appears to be virtually assured is a relatively cheap ($8 million this year and next) remake of the state’s programs for the roughly 7,000 children who are the responsibility of the state, who have been removed from their parents’ homes for their safety.
That provision increases investigative staff at the Kansas Department for Children and Families so that we can locate the kids who leave their foster care homes or their adoptive parents, allocates $1.5 million for additional staffers to ensure those children’s welfare, and provides new emergency shelter for those children so they don’t wind up sleeping in offices of child-care contractors.
Anyone against that? No hands held up. And, it is Lieutenant Governor who hopes to grow up to be Governor Jeff Colyer who is the owner of that child welfare provision, both as a government executive and a Republican candidate for governor.
What else is assured from Brownback’s $6.923 billion budget for this year and $6.899 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year? Not much.
So, the Legislature is up and running, in the first few weeks of dissecting the budget, seeing what the state can afford and can’t afford and just how political parties in general and voters in specific will like or dislike the lawmakers as they vote in August and again in November.
We’ll see how this works out…
Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver's Capitol Report—to learn more about this nonpartisan statewide political news service, visit the website at www.hawvernews.com 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Area Happenings - Week of January 14, 2018

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  January 13, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.

January 16, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.





January 20, 2018

Mullet Ride
 What: The one and only Mullet Ride
Time: 10 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Where: Baldwin City, Kansas
Why: The Mullet Ride is business in the front and a party in the back!

Directions: Take 56 Hwy to Baldwin City. go south at 6th street (the only stoplight in town) and go about 5 blocks to High Street and 6th. Start location is at Antiques on the Prairie which is at the corner of High Street and 6th. Ample parking is along High Street.



February 3, 2018
KSHSAA Regional Piano Festival

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS


February 6, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.


February 8, 2018
Annual Honor Band Festival

Honor Band Concert
7:00 p.m.

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS


February 20, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.



February 22, 2018

2018 Annual Awards Banquet


March 1, 2 and 3, 2018
The Trojan Women
7:30 P.M.
March 4
2:00 P.M.

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

March 6, 2018
Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.



March 8, 2018
Symphonic Winds & Jazz Concert

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

March 20, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

April 19, 20 and 21, 2018
The Christians
7:30 P.M.
April 22
2:00 P.M.

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

April 27, 2018
Spring Choral Concert

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

May 3, 2018 
Chris Grubb Jazz Ensemble Concert

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

May 8, 2018
Spring Orchestra Concert

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

May 9, 2018
Chris Grubb Jazz Guest Concert

Location:
Baker University
Rice Auditorium

Baldwin City, KS
7:30 P.M.

Third Friday Art Walk and Farmers Market

Downtown Baldwin City





Every 4th Thursday of the Month
10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St  Baldwin City, KS
Stay in car, line up and drive through



Every Tuesday through October  
Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays
through October 2016
1402 Church Street
Eudora, KS.
In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods.
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Wednesday through October
De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays through October 2016
at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
9200 Kill Creek Road
De Soto, KS
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Thursday through October 
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
through September
at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot
1832 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS
Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!;


Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS
Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!


Baldwin City See's its First Major Snowfall of the Season

Kevin Surbaugh

Snow blanketed Baldwin City on Sunday morning.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Baldwin City area residents awoke Sunday morning expecting to see a little bit of snow. However, it should be no surprise that the city saw a lot more than the little bit they were expecting. The first, of what was to be the smallest, of two back to back snowfalls ended up dumping two inches of snow on Baldwin City and the surrounding area. Reports from Ottawa and Lawrence also showed that those areas garnered about two inches. However, only 1.7 inches was recorded at Kansas City International, while Phillip Billard airport officially recorded two inches in Topeka.

Baldwin City received two inches of snow by
9:15 A.M. Sunday morning.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
The second storm is expected to bring another one to two inches of the white stuff and possibly mixed with sleet this morning. This second cold front is expected to leave the area gripped with bitterly cold temperatures once again after the recent warm up, said Chad Omitt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka. According to Omitt, the high today will be in the mid-teens, with temperatures continuing to plunge throughout the day. Wind chills between 15 and 30 degrees below zero are possible by tomorrow morning.   However, by Thursday and Friday, the high's should be back into the 40's. Potentially even the low 50's on Saturday. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Baldwin City Council Swears in New Mayor and Council

Kevin Surbaugh

 On a night the new council was to be sworn into office, a large turnout of residents overflowed the meeting room at the Baldwin City Library. Mayor Marilyn Pearse called the meeting to order promptly at 7 P.M.
Lura Hartman swears in the new council and Mayor Casey
Simoneau.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Marlin Bates with the K-State Extension made a brief presentation reminding the council there would be an upcoming presentation in that same room. In which everyone who attends will learn what the "First Impressions," of the recent visitors from Iola. Bates explained that area residents will get their chance to find out what specific thoughts and comments the representatives had. The idea, being to see what someone who had never been to Baldwin City thought upon their first look at the city. Perhaps these new visitors are considering moving here, perhaps they are just visiting. Another meeting will be in February to consider a plan of action to address those concerns raised in the report.
After him, Jessica Mortinger, Lawrence/Douglas County Senior Transportation planner, requested the council appoint someone to represent Baldwin City to the committee. Mayor Pearse defered the decision to the new mayor and council that would come on board later in the meeting.
The city council thanks outgoing Mayor
Marilyn Pearse for her service.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh P

The biggest event of the night was the swearing in of the new council and mayor, as well as the farewells to the outgoing council members and mayor.  First City Clerk Lura Hartman and  Council-Member Tony Brown presented roses and plaques to outgoing Council-Members Kathy Gerstner, Christy Darnell, and Mayor Pearse. After which Hartman swore in new Council-Members Brian Cramer, Susan Pitts, and Mayor Casey Simoneau. Once the trio was sworn in and had taken their seats, Simoneau got to work making committee assignments for the council memebers. As he did so, he said that he would like to nominate a private citizen of the community to each committee. If anyone is interested in sitting on one the committees the mayor asks that you email him at csimoneau@baldwincity.org.

In other business the council:
  • Unanimously approved moving a smart meter at the home of Dan Nelson to a pole further from his house, because of a family members illness.  
  • Unanimously approved continuing, on a temporary basis, a 50% reduction of new construction.
  • Unanimously approved an agreement with Rural Water District Four. 
  • Unanimously gave formal approval to a three-party agreement for the previously approved improvements of East 1750 Road, better known as First Street.  
  • Unanimously voted A. J. Stevens as the new Council President. 
  • Unanimously approved Simoneau's appointment of Blake Glover as the new City Attorney.
  • Unanimously approved Simoneau's appointment of Dustin Baker to replace him on the Planning Commission. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Martin Hawver: At the Rail: Looking Forward

Martin Hawver

We’re probably two weeks away from getting a good handle on just what this year’s House and Senate are going to produce for us or do to us…
Martin Hawver
Yes, lawmakers convene in formal session Monday afternoon, at which time they become locked and loaded and worth paying attention to.
The key this session, of course, is either fixing the public K-12 school funding formula that the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional or convincing the court that it was wrong—and maybe just a little tune-up here or there can yield a public education system where every kid has the support necessary to earn a high school degree and continue education or find a good job.
But education funding is going to be fixed, one way or another, with or without tax increases and so far, the legislative leaders are pretty predictable. Everyone wants the best schools possible, and that’s where things start to splinter. Most Democrats generally want more money spent on K-12 education without any specific source for that new money. And most Republicans aren’t sure just what K-12 should cost, but once that is determined by someone in authority, it’s figuring out where to get the necessary money.
It’s virtually everything else that is going to take a couple weeks to learn just how lawmakers lean on issues.
Restrict concealed-carry of guns? Probably not, but there’s a shot at keeping those guns out of hospitals without extensive and expensive security measures at the front door. Those “bump-stock” devices that turn a military-style rifle into a machine gun? Probably not a bunch of opposition from anyone who has ever spent a night (and most of their paycheck) in Las Vegas. But watch opposition rise—not to the bump-stock provisions—but the possibility that while the National Rifle Association is looking the other way that something else gets added to the measure.
Transparency? That’s something that ought to be kicked off pretty quickly, with bills that are designed to, or at least purport to, tell Kansans more about what happens at the Statehouse.
The simple start is, of course, putting the sponsor’s name on each bill as it is introduced, not just the “Senate Tax Committee” or something generic like that. Now, there are bills—say the governor’s annual budget bill—introduced through a committee as a simple matter of getting the issues up for hearings and debates and votes. Nobody’s for it just as it is introduced, but everyone is for having a bill as a start for debates.
Maybe recording the vote by committee members on the bill introduction would tell us something, but if those votes to introduce are recorded, there’s the chance that the budget bill might not be introduced. And where do we go from there? Do lawmakers get more political points from voting to introduce a bill, or from amending-up the bill they voted to introduce to do what they and their constituents want?
Somewhere, there’s a balance. We probably ought to know the vote on getting the bill out of committee and to the House or Senate floor where votes are recorded for us to read on a slow day… But some legislators are wary of leaving too many tracks in the snow and having to explain that they really didn’t want a bill introduced, but figured they needed a piece of bread to put their own amendment jelly on.
Couple weeks and we should have an idea where individual bills are going…and, of course, what they can be amended up to do. It’s just going to take some chatting in committees and in the hallways and while waiting for service at the snack bar to find out.
Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver's Capitol Report—to learn more about this nonpartisan statewide political news service, visit the website at www.hawvernews.com

Monday, January 8, 2018

Rise Against Hunger and Olathe Church Spent New Year's Eve Fighting World Hunger

Press Release


Kansas City - Members of Heartland Community Church spent their New Year's Eve with Rise Against Hunger's Kansas City location to package nutritious meals for the world's most vulnerable. More than 1,600 volunteers of all ages from across Kansas spent over eight hours packaging a total of 285,120 meals, about one container, marking their 1 millionth meal with Rise Against Hunger. Meals from this event are projected to be sent to El Salvador.


"Being able to serve really filled my cup up. While the task seemed small at first, the collective work will truly bless many," said Michael McGill, a volunteer at the event.

Kansas City volunteers spent more than eight hours
packaging meals to be sent to El Salvador.

Rise Against Hunger, headquartered in Raleigh N.C., is dedicated to ending world hunger — a cause currently affecting 815 million people in the world. The organization opened its Kansas City location in 2012, which has since facilitated the packaging of 1.35 million highly nutritious, rice-based meals.

"Partnering with Heartland Community Church on this project was an incredible experience," said Joe Falter, Community Engagement Manager at Rise Against Hunger. "To see families young and old alike serving on the last day of 2017 was inspiring to say the least."
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization, the world does produce enough food to the global population. This fact, and a vision of showing the world that it is possible to end hunger in our lifetime are driving factors behind Rise Against Hunger's mission to end hunger by the year 2030.

Founded in 1998, Rise Against Hunger has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical aid, clothing, school supplies and more to thousands of disaster victims and other people in need in 74 countries. With 20 locations in the U.S. and five international offices, Rise Against Hunger has facilitated the packaging of over 371 million meals.

"I got to spend my New Year's Eve being the hands and feet of love — and for that I am truly grateful!" said McGill




About Rise Against Hunger
Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization, aims to show the world that it is, in fact, possible to end hunger by the year 2030. With 20 U.S. locations and five international offices, the organization is committed to nourishing lives, providing emergency aid, empowering communities and growing the hunger movement. Since its start in Raleigh N.C., Rise Against Hunger has engaged thousands of volunteers to package 371 million highly nutritious meals to be distributed to 74 countries around the globe. To learn more visit www.riseagainsthunger.org.