The Food Bank is a regional disaster and hunger relief network that acquires and distributes millions of pounds of donated food annually.

We are one of 14 food banks nationwide that does not charge agencies for the food it provides. Our food goes to soup kitchens, emergency food pantries, shelters for the abused and homeless, programs for low-income children and senior citizens, and rehabilitation centers.

How We Started

In 1981, a class project of the Social Work Department at the University of Missouri led to a partnership between the Central Missouri Counties Human Development Corporation and area churches.

In the first year, 18,000 pounds of donated food were distributed through a handful of relief agencies. In 2012, we distributed more than 28 million pounds of food to 130 agencies and 134 schools throughout 32 counties.

How The Food Bank Works