Kanbe's Markets
3119 Terrace St
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 808-3105
Mission Statement
Kanbe's Markets provides access to fresh, healthy foods in the areas of Kansas City designated by the USDA as a "food desert," where residents lack consistent access to healthy and affordable food.
Our goal is to eliminate food insecurity by providing a distribution model that is more inclusive, enhances small businesses, and improves communities one neighborhood at a time.
CEO/Executive Director Maxfield Kaniger
Board Chair Linda Buchner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fundraising Consultant
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2017
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Checks can be made out to Kanbe's Markets and mailed to: 3119 3119 Terrace St, Kansas City MO 64111
Credit Card donations can be made on our website at  https://kanbesmarkets.org/donate we accept both one time and recurring donations.
We have several opportunities to volunteer at Kanbe's. 

Every Thursday, we sort our food. This takes one to two hours and can certainly be scheduled over a lunch hour. It's recommended to dress warmly, as our warehouse is refrigerated. Closed-toed shoes are required. 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Kanbe's Markets provides access to fresh, healthy foods in the areas of Kansas City designated by the USDA as a "food desert," where residents lack consistent access to healthy and affordable food.
Our goal is to eliminate food insecurity by providing a distribution model that is more inclusive, enhances small businesses, and improves communities one neighborhood at a time.
Background Statement
Kanbe's Markets seeks to address the food deserts in the Kansas City area by bringing healthy and fresh foods to areas otherwise without access. By connecting with local convenience stores, gas stations and corner bodegas, Kanbe's installs refrigerated shelving units and racks of baskets into these stores and fills them with fresh produce on a daily basis. We are the only source for fresh produce in these locations. The food is sold on consignment - meaning no cost to the shopkeeper and low prices for the customer.
Kanbe's Markets began making deliveries of fresh produce in 2016, serving the Ivanhoe neighborhood - a predominantly low income, African American neighborhood. Based on the success of this beta test, we began our fundraising efforts.
In 2017, we acquired a refrigerated delivery truck and began securing our store partners across East Kansas City. We also created the relationship for acquiring donated or wholesale-priced produce from C&C Produce, as well as with several local growers. We feel a deep kinship with local growers with similar missions: providing fresh, healthy and affordable food.
In 2018, we opened by serving four locations on the East side of Kansas City and by the end of the year grew to ten locations. During our very first week of deliveries, we rescued nearly 5,000 pounds of food from our wholesale partner. This produce, which was destined to end up in a landfill, can now help support small business in food deserts while also ensuring consistent, affordable access to healthy food for people in these communities.
In 2018, we recaptured over 250,000 pounds of food and are serving 10 locations, with 12 more stores on a waiting list. It is our goal in 2019 to grow to 30 locations on our delivery route. Our shared revenue model has contributed approximately $10,000 to the store owner’s bottom line. An added benefit to Kanbe's Markets is the economic security provided to these small business owners that are receiving additional revenue with no investment or risk on their part.
Impact Statement
We believe that everybody deserves good food.
Kanbe's started in 2018 delivering to four store locations in Kansas City's food desert areas and grew to 10 delivery locations by the end of the year. Each store added to our delivery route serves 4,000 people living in radius of that location. There are over 350,000 people in Kansas City living with food insecurity, and we can't wait to be able to serve them all.
Kanbe's recaptured and distributed nearly 250,000 pounds of fresh, healthy food that would have been on its way to the landfill. With 10 store locations, we are handling 20,000 pounds of food every month.
Even we have waste, so each week we deliver the food we cannot use to our local grower partners for use as compost in their fields, creating a much more nutrient rich soil. Our relationship to local growers helps them as well because we are able to buy the harvest they don't have time to sell. Once they deliver to their restaurant clients, and attend their farmer's markets, they have left over produce that needs to be eaten. That's where we come in. We can offer them their safety net by purchasing all their remaining harvest and adding it to our distribution system.
Zero waste. When we sort our food, we are also dumping it from the plastic clam-shell containers it was packaged in. Each week, we recycle all the plastic and cardboard packaging used by the produce companies. This material would be normally be going into the landfill along with the food contained inside.
Needs Statement
  1. Our most pressing need is for a new cold storage facility that will allow us to scale our organization and serve more people living in food deserts. We are open to leasing an existing cold storage facility. Buying and building out the refrigeration we need is another option. Our model is built on our ability to scale and the more small businesses we deliver fresh produce to, the more people will be served and the less we would rely on foundational support for this particular program.

  2. Along with scale comes the need for refrigerated delivery trucks and drivers.

  3. To expand our reach, we need to expand our staff. We would like to add a development director in the coming year to focus on sustaining the organization with a steady flow of donations and grants.
These 3 things are 3 big things! 
Service Categories
Food Programs
Human Services
Citizen Participation
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Kanbe's Markets delivers in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th districts of Kansas City, in areas designated as food deserts by the USDA. Currently, we are in Jackson County and our delivery route covers from Independence Avenue to the North, to 85th Street to the South. We will service from Troost, eastward, as far as needed until all food deserts have new, consistent access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods.
 The Healthy Corner Store Program is the foundation of Kanbe's Markets. The program model is designed to support small convenience store owners in food deserts in the sale of healthy and affordable food. The HCS program provides a refrigerated cooler and stackable basket rack that receive a full stock of fresh fruits and vegetables each and every day. The food is placed in the coolers and baskets on consignment, eliminating the investment risk for the store owner of food that expires quickly. The bad food gets replaced with fresh food at no cost to them. Each week, we share a percentage of the sales with the store owner.
This program is designed to have large, up-front costs, but over time, with scale, becomes self-sustaining (even with variable costs) as long as the people in the communities we serve are willing to buy fresh produce. 
Program Budget $290,383.00
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Kanbe's Markets is adding more and more stores to our daily delivery routes, serving more people each year, until the problem of food insecurity is no longer and issue in Kansas City.
Long-Term Success Because of Kanbe's Markets, the food desert areas of Kansas City will have fresh, affordable produce delivered to the corner stores, gas stations and convenience stores serving the communities around these small businesses.
Program Success Monitored By
  • The number of store partners working with us. 
  • The amount (measured in pounds) of food we are distributing each month.
  • The number of people that are served by this new access to fresh, affordable food. 
Examples of Program Success Our very first store was a beta test. We were able to add $10,000 to their bottom line, increasing their profits and making this small business more sustainable.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Maxfield Kaniger
Term Start Jan 2016
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 10
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Linda Buchner
Company Affiliation Fundraising Consultant
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2020
Email lindabuchner123@gmail.com
Board Members
Linda BuchnerFundraising Consultant
William DowdellHire KC - Social Innovation Center
Keith GoldmanThe Restaurant at 1900
Stephen HoagPwC
Mamie HughesCommunity Activist
Alicia KrammeKansas City Business Journal
JR MontgomeryHusch Blackwell
Jay TomlinsonHelix Architecture + Design
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $491,800
Projected Expenses $433,284
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$236----
Administration Expense$16,344----
Fundraising Expense$1,058----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.93----
Program Expense/Total Expenses1%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0----
Current Assets$0----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$0----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $11,500----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To secure a large cold storage facility that will provide the consistent space we need in order to scale and grow.
Other Documents
Organization Name Kanbe's Markets
Address 3119 Terrace St
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 808-3105
Contact Email info@kanbesmarkets.org
CEO/Executive Director Maxfield Kaniger
Board Chair Linda Buchner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fundraising Consultant
Year of Incorporation 2017