We work with the following agencies to get nutritional food to those in need in Audrain County:
ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC FOOD PANTRY
We distribute Buddy Packs on Fridays to children who receive
free or reduced-price lunches at school. In some cases, this food is the only nutrition these children have at home during weekends and holidays. In Audrain County, we distribute Buddy Packs through the following schools:
COMMUNITY R-VI ELEMENTARY
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
CHILDREN'S THERAPY & EARLY EDUCATION SCHOOL
EUGENE FIELD ELEMENTARY
Providing 1 Buddy Pack every weekend for 1 school year = $180
In The News
Missouri Military Academy Cadets Help Buddy Pack Program
Every Monday evening, cadets from the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico gather in the campus's gymnasium to assemble Buddy Packs.
Keith Morgan oversees the operation, which runs much like an assembly line-boys standing in a line, handing boxes of canned pasta, granola bars and other items to one another before packing the individual bags. It is part of the academy's community service component, which requires at least 20 hours of giving back.
For cadets Mitchell Duing and Sky Thunderchild, it is also an opportunity for fellowship.
"It allows us to be part of the community by helping out, but it's also fun to get together," Mitchell said. "It bonds us together and it bonds us with the community." Sky, who grew up on a reservation and has seen impoverished neighborhoods, agreed, adding that volunteering is a team building exercise. "It helps us relate with our teachers and also with other cadets," he said. "It makes us stronger."
The Missouri Military Academy has a large international population, and many of the young men come from affluent households, Morgan said. That is what makes the Buddy Pack program a perfect service opportunity there. "It exposes them to a part of a world they might not otherwise be exposed to," he said. "It's a great way to give back."
Score Campaign Now Includes Audrain County
Columbia Orthopaedic Group has become the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger campaign, which will be held in Audrain County for the first time ever.
The campaign is The Food Bank’s largest fundraising effort. Each fall, it challenges University of Missouri football fans to get in on the action by pledging a dollar amount per point scored during the season or by directing an outright gift to the Tigers’ campaign.
Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger began in 1995 under then MU Football Head Coach Larry Smith and continued under the helm of Coach Gary Pinkel. This year, Head Coach Barry Odom has agreed to carry on the tradition and participate.
“With excitement around a new season under a new coach, we decided it was a good year to expand the campaign to all of our counties,” said Lindsay Young Lopez, executive director. “We know there are Tigers fans throughout central and northeast Missouri, so we wanted to make sure they had an opportunity to participate, as well.”
Donations from Score go directly into the acquisition and distribution of food to those in need. As of June 30, the half-way point in the fiscal year, The Food Bank had distributed more than 579,000 pounds in Audrain County.
Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger also encourages businesses and individuals to make leadership gifts, and those who do so are invited to a Victory Luncheon at the end of the season featuring Coach Odom. Columbia Orthopaedic Group has reached the Touchdown line, the highest sponsorship level possible.
“Columbia Orthopaedic Group has been a tremendous partner to us over the years,” Lopez said. “We hope the group’s example inspires others to join us in the ongoing fight against hunger in our communities.”
Invest an Acre helps fight rural hunger
By Megan Myers
The Mexico Ledger
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that 10-35 percent of the calories the average person consumes daily come from protein. At most food banks, however, meat and other protein-rich foods are in short supply.
The charity Feeding America reports that protein products make up only one percent of all donations to food banks. To combat this shortage, many local pantries such as The Laura Miller George Help Center have turned to the Invest an Acre initiative.