Project Salina Food Collection Effort Begins

Wednesday marks the official start of the collection period for Project Salina.

Project Salina is an annual drive to collect food for the hungry. It unites multiple businesses, churches, and other organizations in an effort to collect food for six agencies that serve meals, or distribute food, throughout the year.

The agencies include:

  • Ashby House
  • Salina Rescue Mission
  • Emergency Aid Food Bank
  • Salina Salvation Army
  • Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas
  • Salina Grace

Project Salina provides about 40% of the annual food needs to some 5,430 people struggling with hunger. The agency reports that 32-percent of those are children. The Salina Emergency Aid/Food Bank alone provided over 721,800 meals in 2023.

Project Salina began in 1990 as an effort to help agencies that provide food when their need is the greatest, in the summer months. The agencies typically see a lot of donations during the holidays, but by the summer months their shelves are getting bare.

The Project Salina food collection effort goes through all of May.

Meridian Media radio stations this year will be collecting hot and cold cereal.