KC nonprofit increases deliveries to food deserts by nearly 1,200%

Kanbe’s Markets, a Kansas City nonprofit that distributes fresh produce to food deserts, has increased its distribution volume nearly twelvefold in just two months.

Kanbe’s went from providing 8,000 pounds of food per month to delivering 100,000 pounds per month, KCUR reports.

The increase was a result of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s coronavirus food box program, which pays wholesalers for donating food to nonprofits.

Kanbe’s stocks 28 different grocery stores in food deserts with affordable fruits and vegetables. It also deliver boxes of food for donation.

The Mid-America Regional Council has partnered with Kanbe’s to deliver meals to qualified residents around Kansas City. The program has grown by 85% over the past few months and is delivering 30,000 meals per month.

Kanbe’s, founded in 2017, currently has a waiting list of 23 additional corner stores that want the nonprofit to deliver them fresh produce.

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