We work with the following agencies to get nutritional food to those in need in Marion County:
APOSTOLIC HOLINESS FOOD PANTRY
DOUGLASS COMMUNITY SERVICES
GOD'S HARVESTERS PANTRY
LOAVES & FISHES
PALMYRA FOOD PANTRY
In the News
Score Campaign Now Includes Marion County
Columbia Orthopaedic Group has become the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger campaign, which will be held in Marion 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 624,000 pounds of food in Marion 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.”
Marion County Resident Relies on Senior Boxes
Pat raves about the cheese she receives each month through her Commodity Supplemental Food Program box.
"I could not afford the cheese. It's such a good product, there's no way I would be able to have it if I did not get it through this program," she said. "The canned beef stew is also a very good meal. We get cereal, milk, vegetables. One box a month lasts me quite a while."
CSFP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that works to improve the health of low-income senior citizens by supplementing their diets with nutritious food. The Food Bank helps distribute nearly 2,000 of those boxes each month to agencies in 22 counties.
Pat receives her CSFP box through Douglass Community Support Services in Marion County. The agency, which also provides emergency food and other social services, distributes 215 so-called senior boxes each month, said Stacey Nicholas, the RSVP coordinator at the center.
"It provides good quality nutrition," she said. "For some low-income seniors, it's a gateway to get them interested in more nutritious food from the food pantry."
And for many, she said, the boxes allow older adults to remain on their own.
"Many are fighting illnesses, and good health is key to keeping immune systems strong," Stacey said.
For Pat, who also works at Douglass Community Support Services, the additional benefit helps her remain financially independent.
"I try to make it all work," she said. "I do pretty well, but if I didn't have this job to help me and the food given out, it would be different."