Chiefs Kingdom helped raise a record donation of 294,051 meals for the 2017 Chiefs Kingdom Food Drive, surpassing last year’s number of 259,066 meals and setting the record for the largest food drive of its kind in the NFL.
Annually during the month of November, the Chiefs have made hunger relief a key focus of the organization’s outreach efforts. Through a partnership with Farmland, Kansas City Steak Company, Hy- Vee and Harvesters, the club was able to aid in food donation benefiting local families in need.
“With the resources and the support from all of our partners and the generosity from those within the Kansas City community, we are proud to announce that the Chiefs Kingdom Food Drive has broken another record this year,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “On behalf of the Hunt family and the Chiefs organization, I want to thank Chiefs fans and the entire Kingdom for coming together during this holiday season to help our neighbors in need.”
The CKFD officially kicked off on Nov. 14 at Harvesters when members of the Chiefs Community Caring Team, including Chiefs tight ends, Chiefs Cheerleaders and KC Wolf, along with representatives from Farmland Foods, Kansas City Steak Company, Harvesters and Hy-Vee helped start packing meal boxes.
“For the 1 in 7 individuals in our area that do not know where their next meal will come from, the donation we’re receiving from the Chiefs Kingdom Food Drive is immeasurable,” President and CEO of Harvesters- The Community Food Network Valerie Nicholson-Watson said. “We are so proud that the Chiefs Kingdom Food Drive is the largest in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs support us in so many ways and we, and our partner agencies, are grateful for their contribution in fighting hunger.”
Throughout the month of November there were multiple ways for fans to donate. Local area Hy-Vee stores took non-perishable food donations from November 18-30. Fans were also able to make monetary donations online by visiting www.chiefs.harvestersvfd.org. In addition, fans were able to donate to the cause at the Nov. 26 contest against the Buffalo Bills, as the game served as the official Chiefs Kingdom Food Drive day. Volunteers from Hy-Vee, Farmland, Kansas City Steak Company and Harvesters were placed with collection bins around the stadium to collect non-perishable food items.