FRONTENAC — The bacon burgers are back and people can get them during the Frontenac versus Galena varsity homecoming football game.

Last year during the first Frontenac Badges and Burgers people helped raise over $2,700 for United Way of Southeast Kansas by purchasing hamburgers. An an additional $1,200 was raised through a city employee campaign.

People can grab a burger and watch some football beginning at 6:30 p.m. until the burgers are sold out. The game will be on Friday at the Frontenac Football Stadium. Burgers come with a bag of chips and cost $5.

Frontenac Emergency Personnel will serve the community the food.

The event is hosted by the City of Frontenac. Frontenac City Administrator Brad Reams said hosting the fundraiser during a football game is a way visiting Cherokee County students and families to learn about United Way.

“We can see by the numbers that United Way gives us that they certainly serve our citizens,” Brad Reams said. “We feel it is important we work with other people who serve our citizens.”

In 2017 in Galena 137 people have received some sort of help from agencies which United Way Southeast Kansas provides funding, 775 people in Frontenac and 5,178 in Pittsburg. There were 9,000 people overall in southeast Kansas who were “touched in some way by a United Way program in 2017,” United Way Director Development of Southeast Kansas Julie Reams said.

Money raised during the game stays in Southeast Kansas Julie Reams said.

Julie Reams said the number of people being served has gone down since previous years.

“It’s an exciting thing because more people are taking advantage of programs we’re funding to help them get back on their feet,” she said. “That's what the money supposed to be for and its working.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.