Advertisement

Archive for Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Gov. Brownback delivers food to Lawrence homeless shelter, settling Final Four bet with Kentucky governor

May 8, 2012

Advertisement

Thanks to the Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s basketball team, Gov. Sam Brownback made a visit Tuesday to the Lawrence Community Shelter.

From left, Lawrence Community Shelter director Loring Henderson, accepts some Kansas steak burgers from  Gov. Sam Brownback. Brownback delivered  120 steak burgers to the shelter on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, as part of a Final Four bet he made with Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

From left, Lawrence Community Shelter director Loring Henderson, accepts some Kansas steak burgers from Gov. Sam Brownback. Brownback delivered 120 steak burgers to the shelter on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, as part of a Final Four bet he made with Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

Paying up on a bet with Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear over the outcome of the NCAA National Championship, Brownback delivered 120 Kansas steak burgers to the shelter, in addition to shipping a few hundred to the Bluegrass State, where it also will be served to the needy.

“I’d rather be delivering Kentucky ham,” Brownback said. Had the Jayhawks proved victorious, Beshear would have shipped ham to Kansas instead.

“Folks are going to eat well tonight,” said Brownback, presenting the Kansas City Steak Co. burgers, donated with assistance from the Kansas Beef Council.

Brownback’s visit was widely anticipated at the shelter.

“They think it’s a kick,” said Loring Henderson, shelter director. “They’ve been cleaning up.”

Henderson gave Brownback a tour of the facility, and emphasized the challenges the shelter has faced with constant overcrowding.

“I want him to get sense” of the shelter, Henderson said. Frequently, 100 or more people seek shelter every night, so overflow space is used when the need exceeds the 75-bed capacity. The shelter will move to a larger site, near Douglas County Jail, in the fall.

Though the 30-minute visit did not incorporate a question-and-answer session with residents, the question shelter resident Stephanie Suggs, 30, would have asked: “Is he going to stand with the homeless?”

Randy Kinney, 53, also a shelter resident, had a similar question: “What’s he going to do about the homeless problem?”

Throughout the visit, Brownback said he had valuable discussions with Henderson about what is needed to help the growing homeless population, including transitional housing and community-based health centers.

“The basic needs are being met,” said Brownback, who said he’s visited shelters in Topeka and Wichita since becoming governor. “But it’s not enough.”

Brownback also toured the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen across the street, where meals are served to the needy. At the end of his visit, Brownback applauded the efforts of the shelter.

“What they’re doing on the resources they’ve got, they’re doing an incredible job,” he said.

Comments

timebomb66 2 years, 6 months ago

Ill bet it just burned his ass to do something nice in Lawrence.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm no fan of Brownback's policies, however being critical of him when a simple thank you would suffice just shows how little class those that criticize this gesture have.

jacksquirt 2 years, 6 months ago

If you want to thank someone thank the Kansas Beef Council. They donated the food.

dabbindan 2 years, 6 months ago

if his proposed tax policy for the poor had any congruence with the gesture a simple thankyou would be in order.

there isn't, there's not.

KUKRU 2 years, 6 months ago

I find it unfortunate that our good ol' christian governer could not find it in his heart to do this out of goodwill. Instead he did this deed out of the work of the DEVIL(gambling)! So there with be no thanks! Be a selective christian hipocrite just like the rest of the GOP! I'm holding my third phalange high for you Brownback administration!

Loretta James 2 years, 6 months ago

to bad he had to lose a bet to make him donate

StateCynic 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh trust me, there was nothing donated...

dabbindan 2 years, 6 months ago

headline: SAM PUT'S DROPS IN THE BUCKET WHILE TRYING TO PUNCH TAX HOLES IN THE BOTTOM

pace 2 years, 6 months ago

Shaun, I might be wrong, but I thought "Kansas City Steak Co. which helped provide the Kansas steak burgers and the Kansas Beef Council which helped arrange the donation." Are you sure of the facts, Did Brownback donate the food? I thought he served it or helped deliver it?

rbwaa 2 years, 6 months ago

so, did Brownback buy the food to donate, or, did someone else buy the food so he could 'donate' i.e., take credit for a good deed that he didn't pay for?

rbwaa 2 years, 6 months ago

and, if he's paying off a bet isn't that actually gambling which is sort of illegal?

pace 2 years, 6 months ago

I just think the headline is wrong, It probably should read "Governor visits homeless shelter to deliver food". The food seems to by donated by the Beef council and Kansas City Steak Co. In another story it mentioned him thanking them for the donation. I didn't see where he said he was donating the food himself. I am glad he visited a homeless shelter. He should visit all populations of Kansas that he can, the homeless, the vets, working families, factory workers, unions, He has duty to see things firsthand and to face and talk to the people his policies affect directly.

booklover2 2 years, 6 months ago

The look on the Governor's face seems to say: "Here is a box of 4 steaks for your people. Enjoy and be damn glad you got these. You should be forever grateful to me."

Commenting has been disabled for this item.