We work with the following agencies to get nutritional food to those in need in Miller County:
ELDON COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY
HELPING HANDS OF CENTRAL MISSOURI
HOPE HOUSE OF MILLER COUNTY
VISION UNLIMITED 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 Miller County, we distribute Buddy Packs through the following schools:
OSAGE UPPER ELEMENTARY
MILLER CO. R-3
Providing 1 Buddy Pack every weekend for 1 school year = $180
In the News
Score Campaign Now Includes Miller County
Columbia Orthopaedic Group has become the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger campaign, which will be held in Miller 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 847,000 pounds of food in Miller 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.”
Rocky Mount Baptist Church Opens New Pantry
After operating a pantry out of the small basement of Rocky Mount Baptist Church in Miller County for nearly 20 years, Dan Duckworth is thrilled to be opening a new brick-and-mortar pantry this year. “It’s a prayer come true.”
Equipped with support from The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri and plenty of volunteer labor and materials, the new building will allow a seamless transfer of food and toiletries to those in need in the rural
community six miles southwest of Eldon.
Duckworth has thought of everything. A waiting room area with wood heat will allow clients to keep warm while
waiting for volunteers to package and deliver their boxes of goods. A small office will provide space for
three volunteers, including his wife, Marilyn, and includes a spot for clients to complete surveys in private. There are two restrooms, including a
handicapped accessible restroom, for the public, as well as a separate kitchen and restroom area for
volunteers. Two large freezers will allow for the distribution of more meat, and a large storage space will allow for more pallets of products. There will even be a wisteria arbor separating the volunteer area from the
client entrance—and Duckworth is just fine if people want to pick a flower on their way out.
Duckworth has been the pastor at Rocky Mount Baptist Church for almost 40 years. About halfway into his ministry, a friend’s father recommended he open a food pantry.
“I kept putting it off,” he said. “Then my father, who had been a pastor, too, passed away and I saw how little my
mom had to live on. There are a lot of women in the church who don’t have enough to live on.”
Duckworth met with The Food Bank’s administration and secured a pantry that now serves roughly 2,000
in need in eastern Miller County each month.
The new building has been in the works for more than two years. He has been able to secure donated
wood, a reduced-price wood stove and
other materials at low costs.
“It’s been one blessing after another,”
his wife, Marilyn, says.
Duckworth does it as part of his ministry. “Every month people say they wouldn’t be able to get through
the month without the pantry,” he says. “It’s a prayer come true.”
The new building became fully operational this summer.