By Suzanne Perez Tobias

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT) Groups that advocate for feeding hungry Kansans are encouraging donations of healthy foods during a special event next month.

Partners for Wichita and the Kansas Food Bank will collect donations as part of the Healthy Food Drive on Sept. 18. The groups have issued a list of specific food items that are low in sugar and sodium -- the kind of "healthy foods you would want to serve to your own family," according to a news release.

One in seven Kansans -- and about one in five children -- are "food insecure," meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from, said Danielle Ramirez, program specialist for Partners for Wichita. Increasing rates of obesity among those in poverty could result in hundreds of thousands of Kansans developing diabetes or other health risks, she said.

The group is encouraging the community to donate healthier food items, including: low- or no-sodium canned vegetables, unsweetened canned fruit and fruit cups, whole grain cereals and pastas, low-fat powdered milk, low-sodium canned meats and seafood packed in water, brown rice and reduced-fat, multi-grain crackers.

Donations can be brought to the Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 18. For more information or a complete list of requested food items, call 316-263-1389.

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