The holiday season marks a time of excitement and family for many throughout Chiefs Kingdom, but for some, it's a time defined by difficult decisions and hunger.
In fact, one in eight individuals residing within the Kansas City region isn't sure where their next meal is coming from, marking an unfortunate reality that's stressed even further during the holiday months.
And, for more than a decade, it's something the Kansas City Chiefs have been actively trying to make a thing of the past. That was again the goal earlier this month as the Chiefs teamed up with Ambassadors of Compassion, Harvesters and Tyson Foods to distribute protein to more than 60 area hunger-relief organizations ahead of the holiday season.
Simply put, it was real, tangible relief for those in need.
"This is the 16th straight year that the Chiefs and Ambassadors of Compassion have hosted this distribution effort at Arrowhead Stadium," said Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt. "Since its inception, Ambassadors of Compassion has distributed in excess of 20 million meals nation-wide, and it continues to grow each year. Because of the coordination of the team at Ambassadors of Compassion, our friends at Harvesters and the generosity of Tyson Foods, we will distribute more than 30,000 pounds of protein to the agencies that are here today."
Vehicles representing hunger-relief agencies from seemingly every corner of the region were present for the event, distributing high-quality protein to thousands of food-insecure individuals throughout Chiefs Kingdom.
"This event is truly a highlight for Harvesters every year. It's exciting, fun and critically important to help Harvesters and our partner agencies do our work in Kansas City and our 26-county region," said Phil Witt, Harvesters' board member. "One of our biggest challenges is that there isn't enough high-quality protein to distribute, so we want to thank [everyone] today for their generosity, which will provide fast and nutritious meals to thousands of families in the region."
Several of the Chiefs' wide receivers stopped by the event to help Hunt and members of nearby Truman High School's football team load food into vans and trucks. It was the players' day off ahead of their trip to Mexico City, but that didn't hinder their desire to help those battling food-insecurity in our community.
"This is about showing our appreciation. Any time we can do an event like this, we want to do it," said wide receiver Mecole Hardman. "Nobody wants to be in a situation where you don't know where your next meal is coming from, so we're here to help those people out."
It's assistance that will provide the gift of hunger-relief to families throughout the Kansas City area. To learn more about Harvesters, click here.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Ambassadors of Compassion joined forces to help feed the hungry of our community. More than 60 area relief organizations, including food pantries and church ministries, were identified by Harvesters and will benefit as a result of this year's event. Tyson Foods donated in excess of 30,000 pounds of protein product and these local agencies received this much-needed nourishment for the people they serve.