On February 12, 2023, the Super Bowl will be held in Glendale, AZ. Many people around our community will gather with family to enjoy the game. Many will celebrate with food and drink, yet in our own community, need will remain.
People struggle to meet their basic needs in many communities and as you well know, Manhattan is not exempt. In December 2022, the Flint Hills Breadbasket served 596 unduplicated households, with 158 families visiting for the first time. More than 25% of our community lives at, or below, the poverty level. The frequency and intensity of need have increased as the price of food and other essential items have risen.
Recognizing that donations to the Flint Hills Breadbasket tend to decline after the holiday season and need remains in our own community, Souper Bowl Weekend was created to help raise awareness of those who are experiencing food insecurity and to raise food and funds for the Breadbasket. In 2022, we raised over 13,240 lbs of food, and in 2023 we are hoping to collect 15,000 pounds- the amount we collected in 2020 before the pandemic shut down much of the country.
This year, we would again like to invite all local churches and faith communities in the Manhattan area to raise food and funds in their own church over the weekend of the Super Bowl. No matter the size of your church, all are welcome to participate – every little bit helps to reach the goal! Participation of our churches is critical to the success of this effort. If you are interested in including your church in the collection, please let us know (SouperBowlMHK@gmail.com). Upon request, we will also work with the Breadbasket staff to deliver boxes to collect your donations and can schedule a pick-up during the week following the collection to make it easy to handle for you and your staff.
Kevin R. Roberts William Kennedy III
St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus
Dave Ekart Karla Hagemeister
St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus Executive Director
Co-Chair Flint Hills Breadbasket
Friday, December 2nd at 5:30
Join Manhattan and the surrounding communities as we welcome the holiday season at the Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade. The parade will travel down Poyntz in Downtown Manhattan to Aggieville. Cash awards will be given for Best Youth Entry, Best Use of Lights, Best Bicycle Entry, and the Mayor’s Trophy!
THE MANHATTAN COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER
Returning to Manhattan in 2023...discussions are underway to revive the Manhattan Community Thanksgiving Dinner. With changes in several of the key organizations, it will take a little more time to regroup and plan this community event.
MAYOR’S HOLIDAY FOOD AND FUND DRIVE
CATS FOR CANS
Saturday, October 29th
Join the Breadbasket as we cheer on the KSU Wildcats football team in their matchup against Oklahoma State. Please bring your financial or non-perishable food donations to help KSU athletes support the community and the Breadbasket. Food collection bins will be conveniently located at the gates. This important food drive enables the Flint Hills Breadbasket to provide food assistance to those in need in our Manhattan community.
Millions of people around the world walk long distances every day…
The Crop Walk is held in October and it starts at the First Presbyterian Church at 8th & Leavenworth. The Flint Hills Breadbasket is currently recruiting walkers and sponsors, please call 537-0730 or email us to participate.
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