Adventist Community Services (ACS) joined many organizations and volunteers in the Kansas City, Missouri, metro area in the United States from May 17 to June 4, 2021, to help make a difference for their neighbors who are homeless and currently being housed for 90 days in hotels across the city.
Housing homeless individuals in hotels is an innovative housing program created by the city. Many non-profit organizations, volunteers, and community supporters are rallying around the guests of hotels to bring social services to help them with a new start.
Taking advantage of various social programs and services is hard to do when a person is hungry, however.
To ease food anxiety among guests of hotels who did not have consistent access to food, the Kansas-Nebraska Conference, the Central States Conference, and the Iowa-Missouri Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church worked together. They hosted a Feeding Our Friends food drive for specific shelf-stable food items uniquely suitable for people to eat as a quick meal or snack from a hotel room. Guests of the hotels have a microwave in their room or access to one in the hotel lobby. Volunteers requested canned food with pop-top/ring pull lids. The Kansas City regional Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) also gave assistance with organization, volunteers, and promotion to the community.