The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri increased the pounds of food distributed across its 32-county service area in 2016.
A total of 31,899,193 pounds were distributed to residents through pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other partner agencies, as well as through schools and mobile food pantries. That is an increase of more than 400,000 pounds over distribution in 2015.
“We are pleased to have been able to increase the pounds of food distributed this past year,” said Lindsay Young Lopez, Executive Director of The Food Bank. “We appreciate donors, partners and friends across our service area who helped make that possible.”
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri provides food at no charge to agencies or clients—and is the only food bank of the six in Missouri to do so. Food distributed last year had a wholesale value of more than $53 million.
Because of The Food Bank’s affiliation with Feeding America and the ability to purchase bulk food at significantly reduced costs, every $10 secures $210 worth of groceries.
A breakdown of where food was distributed can be found in the 2016 Accomplishments Report. The report also includes inaugural members of The Food Bank’s new giving societies. The Perennial Society recognizes those donors who have made lifetime gifts of $10,000 or more; the Garden Society honors businesses that have donated cumulative gifts of $10,000. The Annual Club lists those who gave at least $1,000 in 2016. And the Heirloom Society recognizes those who contributed through a Planned Gift in 2016.
The report, mailed to households across The Food Bank’s service area last week, may be downloaded here.