Warm smiles, happy hearts, and family meals make the holiday season wonderful. However, having enough food can be a struggle for families in need. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the annual Feed-a-Family program is designed to provide some relief.
Sergeant Carl Swartz, with the University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department, established the program in 1979, and it was taken over by George Kemper, a pastor and retired KUMC community policing officer, in 1984. The KUMC Police Department carried on with the program until 2000, when Rosedale Development Association was enlisted to help.
RDA now partners with community members, neighborhood groups, churches, schools and local businesses to gather donations for the program and identify families. This year, the KUMC Public Safety Department and FOP Lodge 37 will be collecting nonperishable items and donations for perishable goods. The program serves over 30 families annually, providing them with Thanksgiving fixings, fresh produce, household items, and coats.
“For this event the community comes together,” Kemper said. “The program serves two purposes: it is a way to serve the community and a way to collaborate with community partners to help those who are less fortunate.”
How You Can Help
- Make a cash donation
- Sponsor a complete basket for a family ($150)
- Donate non-perishable food and household items (see below)
- Donate children’s winter wear (new or gently used)
- Canned vegetables
- Cranberry sauce
- Macaroni & cheese
- Sugar/flour Spaghetti noodles
- Spaghetti sauce
- Peanut Butter
- Stuffing mix
- Dried beans
- Sweet potatoes
- Vegetable oil
If you, your family, or your organization would like to get involved, please contact Je T’aime or Will at 913.677.5097. Please bring donations to the Rosedale Development Association, 1403 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66103 by November 13.