Lexi Crowder, 23News Reporter and Zoe Shedd, 23News Reporter

The Food Bank of Northeast & Central Missouri contributed to September’s Hunger Action Month.

The food bank holds membership in Feeding America. This allows the food bank to work with “manufacturers, wholesalers, processors, growers, retailers and restaurants,” according to its website.

“The food bank is one of six of Missouri,” said Janese Silvey, communications coordinator for the food bank. “We serve a 32-county service area and we are sending food to our partner organizations and we work with 157 schools as well.”

The food bank donates Buddy Packs to local schools. Kids from low-income families receive lunch packs from the food bank that include two entrees, a fruit and a snack.

“Those are bags of kid-friendly, nutritious food that children take home on the weekends when they don’t have access to school lunch,” said Silvey.

Silvey emphasizes there are more people with food insecurity than one might realize and that this is an important issue to fight.  Food insecurity means that one does not have a reliable and consistent access to food, according to the Missouri Foundation for Health.

About one in five children and one in six adults have food insecurity, according to the foundation.

“We are serving a little over 100,000 people every single month,” said Silvey.

Silvey sees Hunger Action Month as a way to recognize and acknowledge those who may be struggling with food insecurity.

“[This is] just a time for people to stop and remember that there are people in this community facing hunger,” said Silvey.
The Food Bank of Northeast & Central Missouri had over 46,000 volunteers last year but is always looking for more. For those wanting to get involved, visit The Food Bank of Northeast & Central Missouri’s website or visit its Facebook to keep up to date on programs and volunteer opportunities.

Edited by Isabel Lohman | iplp54@mail.missouri.edu

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