We work with the following agencies to get nutritional food to those in need in Maries County:
LOAVES & FISHES 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 Maries County, we distribute Buddy Packs through the following school:
Providing 1 Buddy Pack every weekend for 1 school year = $180
In the News
Score Campaign Now Includes Maries County
Columbia Orthopaedic Group has become the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger campaign, which will be held in Maries 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 373,000 pounds of food in Maries 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
Central and northeast Missouri residents collectively donated 171,975 pounds of food and $52,839 earlier this year as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Food 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 130 partner agencies in a 32-county service area. For every $1 contributed, The Food Bank is able to purchase 15 pounds of food, or 12.5 meals.
Combined, the food and funds are the equivalent of more than 964,000 meals.
“We are so appreciative of the support we received from our communities again this year,” said Lindsay Young Lopez, executive director of The Food Bank. “We are able to share food and bring hope to so many because of the generosity of so many.”
Stamp Out Hunger began in 1992 and is the largest single-day food drive in the country. Food and funds continue to come in through the campaign.