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Virtual artwork auction campaign brings awareness of local food insecurity – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2020-11-03 13:00:48 –

Art auctioned through the “Give Access” campaign // Photo courtesy of Carmen Hatten

On November 1st, Missouri’s non-profit organization Kanbe’s Markets launched a month-long virtual fundraising campaign, Give Access, aimed at providing Kansas City with “access to fresh and healthy food.” I launched it. The Virtual Local Maker Market offers artwork and outsourced services donated by artists to bid on them. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Kobe market.

Nearly 400,000 residents of Kansas City face a lack of access to food, and that number continues to grow during the pandemic. USDA has designated KC as a “food desert.” Fundraising serves as a way to draw attention to the widespread social problem of food insecurity in our city. It “give” bidders access to local art, while “giving access” to those in need.

The market sells paintings and digital art, as well as jewelry, textiles and sculptures. Custom portraits, like pet portraits, are outsourced. Yes, pet portraits.

Kanbe’s Markets offers the community several services, including the Healthy Corner Stores program, delivering fresh produce to parts of the community with few grocery stores. Other programs include the Food Waste Sustainability Initiative and Kanbe’s Knows & Grows, which provide tools for school-age families to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Click here to participate in the virtual maker market. This fundraising campaign marks the beginning of a larger “Give Access” campaign that culminates on December 1st-Giving Tuesday.

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