Visit Topeka and Harvesters, the community food bank serving Topeka and Shawnee County, are teaming up to present Topeka Restaurant Week in February and March.

Visit Topeka is actively seeking restaurant partners now, who will offer pre-set menus throughout the designated week, with a portion of each bill supporting the Harvesters BackSnack program.

Each week, 1,320 school children in Shawnee County receive BackSnacks, which provide healthful shelf-stable meals for the weekends, when school-provided free or reduced-cost meals are not available.

“By partnering with Harvesters and their BackSnack program, Topeka Restaurant Week will provide diners the opportunity to try a new restaurant or enjoy a favorite while giving back and supporting children in our community,” said Rosa Cavazos, director of tourism development at Visit Topeka.

Visit Topeka is launching its engagement effort now, during national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, in an effort to increase awareness of hunger in the community.

The goal is $2 of each lunch purchased and $3 or $4 of each dinner purchased at participating restaurants between Tuesday, February 28 and Tuesday, March 7 will support the Harvesters BackSnack program in Shawnee County. It costs $250 to provide one student a BackSnack each weekend of the school year.

For more information about Topeka Restaurant Week, please contact Rosa Cavazos at 785.234.1030.

About Harvesters—The Community Food Network

Harvesters is a regional food bank and was Feeding America’s 2011 Food Bank of the Year. Serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas, Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, shelters and others. Agencies in Harvesters’ network provide food assistance to as many as 141,500 different people each month. Harvesters, which was founded in 1979, is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. For more information, visit

As Topeka's official destination marketing organization, Visit Topeka is dedicated to marketing the region as an exceptional destination for meetings, events, sports and leisure tourism, thereby enhancing the local economy. Visit Topeka is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization. Learn more at