Volunteer Larry Coates points to the single can of soup that the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank had on its shelves.  The food bank received a $10,000 grant from the Gannett Foundation as part of the A Community Thrives program that will help the food bank to purchase about a month of stock as the need is growing.

Gannett awards Salina food bank, central Kansas organizations $25K

As part of A Community Thrives, a program funded by the Gannett Foundation, four local organizations are receiving a total of $25,000 to help invest in community-building initiatives in north-central Kansas.

The program is part of the USA Today Network, which includes USA Today and hundreds of Gannett local media brands, including the Salina Journal and The Hutchinson News.

This year, two Salina organizations, the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank and Salina Grace Foundation, will each receive $10,000 and two organizations in McPherson County, the Central Kansas Conservancy and Sprout House Learning Center, will each receive $2,500.

Organizations within each newspaper’s area had to apply for these competitive funds.

What does this funding mean for these organizations?

The organizations chosen in the Salina and McPherson area said these funds will help serve the community and are thankful for the funds.

“We are expending over $10,000 (a month) of our funds here at the food bank to purchase food to supplement the donations we’re receiving because of the high demand we’re seeing,” said Karen Couch, the executive director of the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank.

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