2016 Pounds Shipped to Moniteau County:

491,079 LBS

We work with the following agencies to get nutritional food to those in need in Moniteau County:


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


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


In the News

Food Pantry worker receives Columbia Daily Tribune Hero Award

By Roger McKinney/Columbia Daily Tribune

Max and Sherry Wachter, who started the Cargill Cares Food Pantry in California, Mo., in 2014, on Monday picked up the Individual Volunteer of the Year Award in the 16th Columbia Daily Tribune Hero Awards.

The couple volunteered 2,862 hours at the food pantry last year, assisting 317 families with their food needs and preparing “buddy packs” for schoolchidren so they can have food on weekends.

Max Wachter said the couple’s selection was a surprise.

“There were so many well-deserving people who were nominated,” Sherry Wachter said.

Max Wachter uses a powered wheelchair after an accident in 2011. He said when the food pantry first started, someone volunteering with him commented on the small amount of food they were giving away. He said within a few months, the same person was commenting on how much food they had and were giving away.

“You reap what you sow,” Max Wachter said. “The more you sow, the more you reap.”

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Score Campaign Now Includes Moniteau County

The 2016 Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger campaign will be held in Moniteau 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 243,000 pounds of food in Moniteau 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.

Program Provides Seeds to Those in Need

Crystal eyes a variety of tomato plants being offered at Cargill Cares Food Pantry in California before settling on one to take home.

Until this spring, Krogstad had never gardened before. She decided to give it a try after receiving complimentary seeds at the pantry through Grow Well Missouri. “It’s better than going to the store, and my family loves
fresh vegetables,” she says, adding that she has four
children. “I’m starting to get lettuce, carrots and snow peas. It’s a slow process, but I’m learning.”

Grow Well Missouri is operated through the University of
Missouri’s Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security. It
provides seeds and starts at no charge to food pantry
clients in an effort to supplement their diets with fresh
fruits and vegetables. 

It began as a pilot program in 2012. “We took some seeds and educational materials from MU Extension to food pantries just to see how it would go,” says Bill McKelvey, program coordinator. “We found that people were very receptive. A lot of people already had
experience gardening and knew what to do with the
materials. Other folks were new to gardening but still had
an interest in getting started.”

The program now includes pantries in 13 communities. Last year, McKelvey found through post-season surveys that 78% of respondents who took seeds planted a garden.

With help from local Master Gardeners and other
volunteers, McKelvey makes sure an experienced gardener is stationed at a pantry when seeds are being distributed. That interaction is important, he says. “Not only does it give people a chance to ask questions,
it also helps us build relationships and get to know
people,” he says.

At Cargill Cares, McKelvey convinces Joe to try
growing lima beans, assuring him he could use a simple
structure to allow the vines to grow.

“I’ve never messed with lima beans much, but if they grow like pole beans, they should be fine,” Joe says,
accepting the seeds.

The produce is important, McKelvey says, but not the only benefit. Studies have shown that gardening provides an incentive for people, especially older adults, to get active.

Rhonda uses her garden as an educational tool. She home schools her daughter, and after receiving seeds
from Grow Well Missouri last year, began incorporating
agriculture into her studies.

Perhaps the greatest benefit, McKelvey says, is the sense of accomplishment from growing one’s own food.

Crystal says she is experiencing that first hand. “It feels
good to be a little more self-reliant,” she says. “I feel better about myself.”