2016 Pounds Shipped to Putnam County:
We work with the following agencies to get nutritional food to those in need in Putnam County:
MOBILE FOOD PANTRY
PUTNAM COUNTY MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE FOOD PANTRY
PUTNAM COUNTY SENIOR CENTER
In the News
Making a Difference in Putnam County
A mostly older population in the town of Lucerne gathered at the Christian church on a chilly morning earlier this month expressed a lot of appreciation for The Food Bank’s monthly Mobile Pantry.
Sharon even got teary eyed thinking about what she and her husband would do without it. They live on one disability check, and Sharon doubts they would have produce or meat if they had to purchase it.
“Without The Food Bank, we wouldn’t be able to make it through the month,” she said before collecting the meat, corn, potatoes and other products available. “It’s a blessing.”
Lucerne is in Putnam County at the northwest tip of The Food Bank’s 32-county service area. It has a population of roughly 85 residents, about a quarter of whom live below the poverty line.
Flo has lived in the area her entire life. She knew most of the people at the Mobile Pantry.
“Everybody here appreciates The Food Bank,” she said, scanning the waiting room.
Flo worked at a nearby nursing home for 15 years before quitting a few years ago because of health issues. She now relies on The Food Bank for produce and other healthy food.
“Fruit helps, but it costs a lot, so the produce is great,” she said. “Thank you. I wouldn’t have any nutritional food without it, and that’s what I need the most.”
Barbara attended the mobile for the first time in several months. Her husband of 57 years passed away on Christmas Eve, and medical and funeral expenses have taken a toll.
“I’m on Social Security, so this helps.”
Leona agreed, saying most of the senior citizens at the mobile were on limited incomes.
“There are a lot of seniors in need here,” she said. “I am a senior, and I don’t have money for food. This is very, very helpful.”
The residents of Putnam also give back. About a dozen volunteers stood in below-freezing temperatures to help pass out the food.
Sharon would also love to be able to give, joking that if she were ever to hit "the jackpot," she would donate it to The Food Bank.
Those who do donate, she said, “deserve a blessing."
Score Campaign Now Includes Putnam County
Columbia Orthopaedic Group has become the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger campaign, which will be held in Putnam 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 98,000 pounds in Putnam 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.”
Area Residents Stamp Out Hunger
Central and northeast Missouri residents collectively donated 171,975 pounds of food and $52,839 earlier this year as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Food stays within the community in which it is collected, while funds go to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, which provides food at no charge to 130 partner agencies in a 32-county service area.
Combined, the food and funds are the equivalent of more than 964,000 meals.
“We are so appreciative of the support we received from our communities again this year,” said Lindsay Young Lopez, executive director of The Food Bank. “We are able to share food and bring hope to so many because of the generosity of so many.”
Stamp Out Hunger began in 1992 and is the largest single-day food drive in the country. Food and funds continue to come in through the campaign.