We’re #GivingThanks for you on #GivingTuesday

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As 2019 comes to a close, we want to say thank you for giving your time, lending your voice and donating to KC Healthy Kids. Your investment makes a lasting difference in the lives of children and families across the bi-state region.

Here are just a few things we accomplished this year with your help:
  • Students in four chapters of Boys and Girls Club (Wyandotte, Olathe, Hawthorn and Independence) became Champions for Health when they learned healthy habits, pedestrian safety, and what to look for in a healthy community. They also used The Walking Detective workbook to score their neighborhoods for walkability and sent their findings to their mayors—a total of 60 letters.
  • This summer, Splitlog Farm & Orchard produced 1000 pounds of fresh, locally grown produce for families and three schools in KCK Public Schools. M.E. Pearson, Whittier and Stony Point North served cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes and leafy greens to about 1500 students.
  • With our partners in the KC Voices collaborative, we commissioned 5 local artists to create original works that lift up the voices of residents in low-income, racially diverse neighborhoods in bi-state Kansas City. The collection illustrates stories about how food policies such as the Farm Bill and Child Nutrition Act shape our communities, our opportunities and our plates. Works created earlier this year were part of a traveling exhibit that was shown in community spaces and legislators offices.
  • KCK Public School District and Gardner-Edgerton School District enrolled in Farm to School Academy in July and began planning their first steps toward purchasing more locally grown food. Each district will select five schools to provide more in-depth programming that includes farm to school classroom lessons and Tasting Local events.

Donors

Emily Akins
Maile Auterson
Cynthia Baker
Joan Baker Andrews
Adrienne Moore Baxter
Abe BKD CPAs and Advisors
Mary Bosco Heinrich
Melva Brownlee
Alisha Burger
Brenda Calvin
Randal Carlson
Alyssa Carodine
Kris Chatrathi
James Cole
Casey Cordts
Elizabeth Dawson
Athena Dickson
Kavitha Dileepan
Luke Einsel
Ashley Follett
Halley French
Ivan Garnica
Toni Gatlin
Paul Gemeinhardt
Pamela Gilford
Jerry Glazier
Jill Grotzinger
Leigh Hamann
Dustin Hare
Jill Harmon
Crystal Hart Johnson
Crystal Hart-Johnson
Anita Hartwig
Brenda Hayes-Kumm
Mary Heinrich
Beau Heyen
Charlie Hopper
Stanley House
Janine Hron
Michael Hursey
Anne Johnson
Courtney Keegan
Teresa Kelly
Sandy Kessinger
Gretchen Kunkel

Emily Lecuyer
Robert Loyd
Lisa Markley
Claudia Martin-Ayoade
Amy Mattox
Beverly McFee
Maryanne McNeish
Richard Miller
William Neds
Dina Newman
Jennifer Nicholson
Lucinda Noches Talbert
Lisa Ousley
Jenny Pearson
Matt Powell
Jessica Ramirez
Dianne Reed
Robert Reiman
Katy Ritz-Beck
Cary Rivard
Patricia Robb
Danielle Robbins-Gregory
Ben Rogers
David Ross
Ken Schefter
Charles Schellhorn
Elizabeth Schellhorn
Karen Siebert
Macaela Stephenson
Michele Stowers
Denise Sullivan
Jennifer Sun
Kent Sunderland
Neil Tomlinson Douthat
Mark Van Blaricum
Ann Van Zee
Leigh Wagner
Carolyn Watley
Barbara Wells
Heather Winslow Gibbons
Cheryl Wright
Gwen Wurst
Tina Wurth
Jane Zieha
Mark Zukaitis

Volunteers

Spenser Airey
Justin Beets
Randall Burdge
Michelle Breashears
Matthew Chrisman
Audra Clark
Karen Clawson
Sarah Collins
Nick Conforti
Alexandra Connors
Michelle Dake
Emily DeWit
Evan Fox
Crystal Futrell
Diane Gallagher
Mark Gawron
Ciara Harvey
Jeff Henkle
Grace Holcomb
Charlie Hopper
Jessica James
Jerry Jones
Lisa Ketteler
Jennifer M. Kraus
Emily Lecuyer
Kayla Lee
Nicole Lentz
Logan Locke Baba

Claudia Martin-Ayoade
Kamera Meaney
Nicole Minardi
Bridget Moss
Jorie Neech
Sarah Parrish
Eleni Pliakoni
Jayla Rainey
Rob Reiman
Carrie Rivard
Cassandra Robinson
Stu Shafer
Karen Siebert
Rosemary Solerno
Andrea Smith
Monica Smith
Shelby Sternberg
Ashley Steyer
Jason Tajchman
Dre Taylor
Jennifer Vitela
Leigh Wagner
Shalea Walter
Heidi Whitehill
Jessica Wilson
Tina Wurth
Tricia Yuill
Jane Zieha

Donating Organizations & Foundations

After the Harvest
ALDI Smart Kids Program
Bank of America/US Trust
BKD CPAs and Advisors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
BlueScope Foundation
Boylan Foundation
Claire Giannini Fund
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Fair Food Network
H&R Block Foundation
Hartwig Family Foundation
Health Forward Foundation
Helen S. Boylan Foundation
J.R. Albert Foundation

Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund
John J. Sullivan Jr. Charitable Trust
Kansas Health Foundation
Kellogg Foundation
Menorah Heritage Foundation
Miller Family Foundation
Ralph L. Smith Foundation
REACH Healthcare Foundation
Ronald D. Deffenbaugh Foundation
Sunderland Foundation
Sunflower Foundation
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
United Way of Wyandotte County
William T. Kemper II Charitable Trust


Design inspired by “Built for Greater Things,” a spoken word piece created by 200 kids and the poetry slam team from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy at the Champions for Health youth summit on March 7, 2019.

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