Help us meet the Mabee challenge to receive $2 million!

We met the challenge! THANK YOU! 

Harvesters has received a generous $2 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation that will help us ensure emergency food assistance is available for every neighbor in need throughout our region!

As a challenge grant, it was contingent on Harvesters completing the fundraising for our KDC relocation and renovation project.

For updates on the renovation of our Lawrence facility and details about our moving date, click here.

What will the grant funds be used for?


The challenge grant funds will be used to relocate Harvesters’ Kansas Distribution Center, made necessary due to the expansion of I-70 and replacement of the Polk-Quincy Viaduct. 

While state funds from the sale of the building will meaningfully assist with the relocation, an additional $10 million in private support is needed to complete the project. This is an expensive and unplanned move on an accelerated timeline due to evacuation deadlines set by the state. This project and the funding needed for it are over and above the fundraising we must do to support ongoing programs and operations.   

Want to see our latest updates about the move? We welcome you to visit this page periodically for progress updates, photos, videos and more.

What is the impact?

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By helping us meet the Mabee challenge, you’ve helped us ensure everyone in our region has access to the nutritious food they need to thrive! 

Harvesters’ Kansas Distribution Center plays an important role in distributing emergency food into 13-counties in Northeastern Kansas. It has provided more than 100 million meals to neighbors since it opened in 2010, distributing 13,308,235 pounds (over 11 million meals) in FY23 alone.  

1 in 10 Kansans are food insecure; and the number among kids is even higher at 1 in 8. We know when people are fed, futures are nourished; and individuals go from just living to truly thriving. 

Your voice, actions and commitment help ensure every person in our community has the food they need to thrive. Every donation, big or small, can get us one step closer to meeting the Mabee Challenge and making sure every food-insecure neighbor has access to the food they need.  

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