LENEXA — Lenexa police are investigating the theft of thousands of meals intended for homeless veterans.

KMBC reports a trailer containing meals packed by bank employees last week was stolen last week. The meals were intended for Friends In Service of Heroes, a veteran service organization.

The trailer carried 12,100 meal packets, with each packet making eight meals — for a total of nearly 97,000 meals. The food was going to be delivered to the Kansas City VA Medical Center Nov. 21.

Police say the 5-by-8 interstate trailer was parked at the Friends In Service Of Heroes headquarters in Lenexa when it was stolen between 8 p.m. Saturday and Monday morning. The trailer has two bumper stickers with the FISH logo and Johnson County, Kansas, license plate 133 KMA.

Temple Grandin

to receive Dole Leadership Prize

LAWRENCE — The Dole Institute of Politics says Temple Grandin will receive the 2019 Dole Leadership Prize.

Grandin is an animal science professor at Colorado State University and an advocate for people with autism. She will accept the award Dec. 11 at the institute.

She is best known for her work to lessen the stigma around autism. She gives lectures about how autism makes her feel threatened by her surroundings and how dealing with that gave her a new perspective on improving the treatment of domestic animals.

The Dole Leadership Prize is awarded annually to a person or group whose public service inspires others. Previous winners include Nelson Mandela, former Polish President Lech Walesa, and former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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