Buddy Pack Program
The Buddy Pack program is designed to get bags full of kid-friendly nutritious food to children who rely on free or reduced-price lunches during the school year. Buddy Packs typically contain two ready-to-eat entrees, a fruit cup, cereal, shelf-stable milk and a nutritional bar. Peanut butter is provided monthly. We distribute 7,500 Buddy Packs each week during the school year to low-income children at 156 schools in our 32-county service area.
Summer Feeding Program
Our summer programs help fill the gap for children who rely on subsidized meals during the school year. Lunch is hosted at sites with high poverty rates to ensure children can enjoy weekday lunches at parks, churches, schools and other central locations. 2016 Summer Feeding sites will be held in Columbia, Jefferson City and Kirksville (for locations, visit your respective county on the "Get Help" page). Volunteers are needed to help distribute lunches Monday through Friday. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our volunteer page.
VIP Veteran Pack Program
The VIP Veteran Pack program provides additional nutrition to Veterans living at or below the poverty line. VIP Veteran Packs include ready-to-eat entrees, soup, fruit and vegetables in easy-to-open cans, as well as toiletries such as razors, body wash and deodorant. We are currently distributing VIP Veteran Packs to the roughly 650 Veterans in poverty as a pilot program in Boone County. With additional resources, we hope to make the program permanent and to expand it to other counties.
Senior adults are the fastest-growing group needing food assistance. Commodity Supplemental Food Program boxes provide nutritious food to help older individuals supplement their diets. We distribute more than 1,800 senior boxes each month.
Our Central Pantry in Columbia is one of the largest food pantries in the state. Designed as a grocery store, clients may shop once a month for nutritious staple items and daily for fresh produce and bread. Central Pantry helps feed more than 11,000 people every month.
Mobile Pantries are specially equipped trucks that distribute non-perishable goods as well as fresh produce and meat to low-income communities that do not have brick-and-mortar pantries.
The Food Bank operates four high school food pantries, providing low-income students with emergency food for home use.
Invest an Acre
Invest an Acre provides a potential donor with an opportunity to make a tax-deductible cash contribution and to have Monsanto match it, dollar-for-dollar. The donor’s contribution and Monsanto’s match are put to work directly in the donor’s community, providing protein to those in need. To learn more, contact Theresa Spaedy at (573) 447-6618 or email@example.com.