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By , November 1st, 2009 5:02pm

All over Wichita, groups of people are coming together to make a difference in the lives of Wichita’s hungry children. At Southeast High School, Steve Wentz’s psychology students decided they wanted to cover the cost of providing emergency food to hungry kids at neighboring Caldwell Elementary — and within two weeks, nearly $2,000 was raised school-wide.

At the Fantastic Sam’s hair salons, stylists have raised nearly $700 to buy food for hungry kids at Enterprise Elementary. Volunteers at College Hill United Methodist Church decided they wanted to sponsor kids at two schools — nearby College Hill Elementary, and farther-flung Spaght Elementary. The church volunteers have already raised money to cover the cost of providing emergency food to kids at those schools; now they are working on plans to place caring notes, warm hats and gloves, and invitations to the church’s Thanksgiving meal in the backpacks of their sponsored kids.

Some employeers — like the Kansas Health Foundation and the Wichita Clinic — are using the privilege of wearing jeans to work as an enticement for their fund-raising efforts on behalf of Woodland and Woodman elementaries. And a few individuals are using their own generous contributions to leverage donations from friends and colleagues. Thanks to Tom Wasinger who challenged his Sunrise Rotary Club to match his $500 and Liz and Doug McGinness whose $1,000 contribution (half of that to Adams Elementary) inspired Adams employees to throw in another $300!  So far, 22 schools with chronically hungry children have community sponsors, thanks to the Kansas Food Bank’s No More Hungry Kids campaign. Let us know if you want to help, too! Another 41 schools still need sponsors!