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Clark Hunt speaks at the event.

Chiefs work to help area people who are food insecure

The Kansas City Chiefs are once again stepping in to help area residents who are food insecure. Latest statistics find that even with the best economy in 70 years, a high number of individuals are considered food insecure.

This week the team partnered with Ambassadors of Compassion to donate more than 30,000 pounds of protein to local food pantries and church ministries. Members of the Chiefs Community Caring Team helped volunteers load food into the vehicles of local agencies. Players said this is their way of giving back to the community that cheers them on.

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According to Harvesters’ Facebook page, Tyson Foods donated enough chicken to area partner agencies to provide 100,000 meals. Clark Hunt and players from The Kansas City Chiefs and Truman High School football team helped load product into vehicles today.

“Any time we can do this to show our appreciation for the fans, for the people that support us, we want to do it,” Wide receiver Mecole Hardman said. “It just warms your heart and puts a smile on your face knowing that you can do that for somebody.”

Food insecurity is the inability to reliably access nutritious food. There can be many reasons for the condition including homelessness, drug abuse, an elderly age without support system, unemployment and lack of grocery stores within easy walking distance.

The regional Harvesters organization identified the area groups that benefit from the event and Tyson Foods donated the food.

The effort of the Chiefs and others to help those who are food insecure has been taking place for several years.


–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice