2016 Pounds Shipped to Macon County:
We work with the following agencies to get nutritional food to those in need in Macon County:
LAPLATA CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
MACON COUNTY MINISTRIES 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 Macon County, we distribute Buddy Packs through the following schools:
LaPLATA R-II ELEMENTARY
Providing 1 Buddy Pack every weekend for 1 school year = $180
In the News
Disable Veteran Grateful for Help in Macon County
After working as a medic for years, Don began and operated his own construction business before an injury changed his life.
Four years ago, he slipped on tile in his bathroom and hit his head, fracturing his skull. He spent months in rehabilitation, losing some of his memories, much of his mobility and his ability to work.
“Today, I can walk using a cane, but other days I can barely crawl,” said Don, an Air Force Veteran. That is why he is thankful for Macon County Ministries Food Pantry. Every month, Don goes to an early distribution open only to severely disabled individuals who live below the poverty line. “I live on a very limited income,” he said. “I would go hungry without this.”
Don says he is able to get by because of nutrition from The Food Bank and his partially subsidized apartment.
Even for those who can work, employment is tough to find in Macon County, said Linda Ellis, who runs the pantry. “Jobs are limited here,” she said. “Our clients, of course,are underprivileged, but everybody here today is living below the poverty line." The Macon County clients are also grateful and gracious, she added. "It’s friends helping friends.”
Macon County Ministries Food Pantry serves disabled clients on the Monday before the third Tuesday of the month, with regular distribution on the third Tuesday. Atypical distribution serves about 350 families, Ellis said.
Alvin,another client, said he and his wife rely on the produce, meat and other products they receive at the pantry every month. “I’m 82 years old and on disability,” he said. “We don’t get much money, so this is nice.”
To those who make The Food Bank possible, Don expressed gratitude. "Thank you," he said. "One hundred percent, thank you."
Score Campaign Now Includes Macon County
Columbia Orthopaedic Group has become the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger campaign, which will be held in Macon 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 406,000 pounds of food in Macon 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.”
Area Residents Stamp Out Hunger
La Plata area residents collectively donated 1,398 pounds of food and $342 earlier this year as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Food collected stays within the community in which it is collected, while funds go to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, which provides food at no charge to pantries and agencies in Macon County. For every $1 contributed, The Food Bank is able to purchase 15 pounds of food, or 12.5 meals.
Combined, La Plata and Atlanta residents donated the equivalent of more than 5,400 meals to those in need.
“We are so grateful to everyone who participated in Stamp Out Hunger,” said Susan Dublin, regional coordinator for The Food Bank. “While this is a national food drive, it is also very much a community event, and I’m proud of the way the La Plata and Atlanta communities came together to help us feed neighbors in need.”
Stamp Out Hunger began in 1992 and is the largest single-day food drive in the country.