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Buddy Pack Program
The Buddy Pack Program is designed to get nutritious food to children who rely on free or reduced-price lunches during the school year. At elementary schools, Buddy Packs are bags that contain two ready-to-eat entrees, a fruit cup, cereal with shelf-stable milk and a nutritional bar. Peanut butter is provided monthly. At upper-level schools, food is discreetly distributed through school pantries. We distribute food to 7,500 children through the Buddy Pack Program each week during the school year at more than 160 schools in our 32-county service area. Read more
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. Volunteers are needed to help distribute lunches Monday through Friday.
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 currently distribute VIP Veteran Packs through Central Pantry and Benton County Food Pantry with plans to expand the program.
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 2,880 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 10,000 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.