KCAPS: Volunteers

Kingsburg Community Assistance Program volunteers work side-by-side sorting donated food at the KCAPS facility during the 2017 canned food drive. Donations will be collected Nov. 14 this year.

KINGSBURG – The annual canned food drive for the Kingsburg Community Assistance Programs and Service is approaching and Director Aida Rushing said the need is increasing this year.

“It’s usually around this time that our food pantry is low but this year it seems that we are helping more families with food assistance. It is a real need and all of our families appreciate the hand up.”

Young Life volunteers have distributed 500 more of the brown paper bags than usual which include a list of suggested food stuff items. On Nov. 14, the Young Life runners will retrieve the donations during the evening. More volunteers will sort, box and shelve the donated items that night at the KCAPS facility.

Rushing reports that during the past year, 21,315 meals were provided to families in need feeding 4,263. Clients receive food bags that typically feed a family for five days.

“Help us raise these numbers this year by donating canned goods or non-perishables that your family doesn't need,” she said. “If your home has been skipped in the past, please donate this year. You could be the reason a hungry family doesn’t go without a meal this holiday season. Each and every donation counts. If you don't have any canned goods to donate, KCAPS takes cash donations as well.”

KCAPs started in 1979 when a group of local women gathered used appliances to give to others who couldn’t afford to purchase new items. Now, they help families in Kingsburg, Traver and London and operate thrift stores in the three communities for funding.

KCAPS helped clients with $113,765 in various types of aid this past year to help with emergency rent, utility, scholarships and clothing for graduating students and for operating supplies for various outreach efforts.

They also provide free and reduced professional counseling and tutoring, refer clients dealing with substance abuse, domestic violence, depression, sex trafficking and other problems to area agencies and sponsor outreach programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Backpacks of Hope, festivals, community events and Mother’s Day luncheons. They also offer transitional housing and operate a Christmas with Dignity toy store during the holidays.

KCAPS doesn’t receive government funding and instead relies on local businesses, individuals, organizations and churches for donations to operate all their services.

Rushing said they’re praying the community continues to be as generous this year as they have in the past.

“We live in such a giving community that supports KCAPS and our ministry and we are so thankful.”

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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