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We work with the following agencies to ensure residents of Boone County have access to nutritional meals:

CENTRAL PANTRY
COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY
ANNIE FISHER FOOD PANTRY
COLUMBIA SQUARE TOWNHOMES
COMMUNITY RECREATION
GREAT CIRCLE
HOPE CHEST FOR KIDS, INC.
JOB POINT
LATTER HOUSE FOOD PANTRY
LORD’S KITCHEN
MARY LEE JOHNSTON COMMUNITY
LEARNING CENTER
MCCAMBRIDGE CENTER
MOBILE FOOD PANTRY
NORA STEWART EARLY LEARNING CENTER
OAKLAND SENIOR CENTER CMAAA
PATHWAYS
PHOENIX PROGRAMS
PROGRESSIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
RAINBOW HOUSE
REALITY HOUSE
RUSSELL CHAPEL FOOD PANTRY
SALVATION ARMY
SALVATION ARMY – HARBOR HOUSE
SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST COMMUNITY SERVICES
SHALOM CHRISTIAN DAYCARE
STURGEON MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE FOOD PANTRY
THE SHEPHERD’S BASKET
 THE TIGER PANTRY
TRUE NORTH
VOLUNTARY ACTION CENTER

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 Boone County, we distribute Buddy Packs through the following schools:

ALPHA HART LEWIS
BEARFIELD (QUEST)
BENTON ELEMENTARY
BLUE RIDGE ELEMENTARY
CEDAR RIDGE ELEMENTARY
CENTRALIA INTERMEDIATE
CHANCE ELEMENTARY
CHESTER BOREN MIDDLE SCHOOL
DELMAR COBBLE STATE SCHOOL
DERBY RIDGE ELEMENTARY
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
ELLIOT BATTLE ELEMENTARY
FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY
FIELD SCHOOL
GENTRY MIDDLE
GRANT ELEMENTARY
HALLSVILLE INTERMEDIATE R-IV
HALLSVILLE PRIMARY R-IV
HARRISBURG ELEMENTARY
LANGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
LEE ELEMENTARY
MARY LEE JOHNSTON COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER
MARY PAXTON KEELEY ELEMENTARY
MIDWAY HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY
MILL CREEK ELEMENTARY
NEW HAVEN ELEMENTARY
OAKLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
PARK AVENUE HEAD START
PARKADE ELEMENTARY
RIDGEWAY ELEMENTARY
ROCK BRIDGE ELEMENTARY
RUSSELL BLVD ELEMENTARY
SHEPARD BLVD ELEMENTARY
SMITHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
STURGEON R-V ELEMENTARY
STURGEON MIDDLE
TITLE I PRESCHOOL
TWO MILE PRAIRIE ELEMENTARY
WEST BLVD ELEMENTARY

Providing 1 Buddy Pack every weekend for 1 school year = $180

In The News

Veterans United Foundation Supports VIP Veteran Pack Program

The Veterans United Foundation, the charitable arm of Veterans United Home Loans, announced it is donating $19,440 in support of The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri’s new VIP Veteran Pack pilot program. The donation ensures the local food bank will be able to extend the program several additional months.

VIP Veteran Packs are boxes of nutritional food that are selected with the needs of Veterans in mind. Boxes include ready-to-eat entrees and fruits, vegetables and soup in easy-to-open cans. Peanut butter, beef sticks and soft nutritional bars are also included, with personal care items rounding out the kit.

“Ensuring our local Veterans have access to proper nutrition is paramount,” said Miranda Giger, Veterans United Foundation outreach coordinator. “Our foundation is proud to support this new program that addresses the needs of our low-income Veteran population.”

Lindsay Young Lopez, executive director of The Food Bank, said she is thrilled to have Veterans United Foundation on board with the pilot project.

“This is new territory for us, so the support of this foundation affirms that we are correct when thinking that this very important population is deserving of extra nutrition,” she said. “While we are still looking for creative ways to make this a permanent program, the Veterans United Foundation’s support will allow us to have more time to operate and evaluate the VIP Veteran Pack pilot program.”

VIP Veteran Packs are now being distributed at the Central Pantry, which serves about 300 Veterans a month, as well as to Veterans living or seeking help at Welcome Home and Patriot Place. There are about 650 Veterans in Boone County living at or below the poverty line. In The Food Bank’s service area, there are more than 5,000 Veterans living in poverty.

“Ideally, if the Boone County program becomes permanent, we would like to be able to replicate the VIP Veteran Pack program in each of the 32 counties we serve,” Lopez said. “But we will be strategic about implementation and ensure that we have the necessary resources to make this a reality. We certainly think it is an effort worth pursuing.”