2016 Pounds Shipped to Ralls County:
We work with RALLS COUNTY FOOD PANTRY to get nutritional food to those in need in Ralls 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 Ralls County, we distribute Buddy Packs through the following school:
RALLS CO. ELEMENTARY
Providing 1 Buddy Pack every weekend for 1 school year = $180
Want to speak with our regional coordinator about how you can help Score Against Hunger in Ralls County? Contact Steve Yager at (573) 231-5551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the News
Hannibal Clinic Health Services recently donated $6,000 to help fund Buddy Packs at schools in Ralls, Monroe and Shelby counties. The Buddy Pack program provides kid-friendly weekend nutrition to children who rely on free or reduced-price lunch at school. Pictured, from left, are Steve Yager, regional coordinator with The Food Bank, and Hannibal Clinic employees Marsha Moss, Jennifer Davis, Debbie Hulse, Christina Brewer and Joe Graham.
Score Campaign Now Includes Ralls County
Columbia Orthopaedic Group has become the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger campaign, which will be held in Ralls 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 145,000 pounds of food in Ralls 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.”
Strong area support helps hungry families amid growing state need
By Trevor McDonald
Hannibal Courier-Post reporter
The number of hungry Missourians continues to grow, but programs throughout Marion and Ralls county offer meals, groceries and other household essentials through countless volunteer hours and a strong network of food pantries and outreach programs.
The University of Missouri Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security released its Missouri Hunger Atlas 2016, finding almost 1 million Missouri residents face food insecurity — worrying about not having enough food. As more Missouri families find themselves in this situation, several programs in Marion and Ralls counties are reaching out with food and hope.