What We Do
We are a food bank, which is a centralized food collection and distribution facility that provides food and household products to agencies serving people in need.
In 2012, The Food Bank distributed over 28 million pounds of food and household products in our 32-county service area in central and northeastern Missouri. As you can imagine, it takes an advanced warehousing operation to collect and distribute that much food every year. Here’s how it works:
The Food Bank develops partnerships with growers, processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants and encourages them to donate, not dump. Local individuals, businesses, places of worship, schools and civic organizations also donate non-perishable food and household products through community food drives.
The Food Bank transports donated food and household products from local donors and from national donors affiliated with Feeding America to our warehouse.
Volunteers assist The Food Bank in sorting and repackaging donated items when necessary. Items are stored utilizing safe food handling practices and then distributed to one of 131 member agencies free of charge.
Donations are given to people in need at The Food Bank’s partner agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, homeless shelters, community kitchens, and youth programs. Approximately 110,000 people receive help each month at one of The Food Bank’s agencies. Click here to see a list of the agencies by county.
The Food Bank can provide 11 meals for just $1. That kind of efficiency can only come from the central distribution model in which dollars are leveraged to acquire, transport, sort, package, store and distribute donated food.
In addition to providing emergency food assistance, The Food Bank is also committed to developing long-term solutions to hunger. As the voice of the hungry in our community, we take the lead to educate the general public and local business leaders about hunger and what they can do to help alleviate the problem.
Every one of our programs is designed to put food in the hands of people who need it. These programs are aided and run by dedicated volunteers and staff. They are funded by donors dedicated to helping The Food Bank fight hunger. Please click below to read more about each program:
If you’re interested in learning more, we’re happy to help! To see what we do firsthand,
call (573) 474-1020. You can request a speaker at your event, tour The Food Bank, volunteer
or all of the above!