The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri distributed 29,803,129 pounds of food in 2017.

We provided that food at no charge to more than 140 partner agencies such as Salvation Army, Rainbow House, True North, Welcome Home, Samaritan Center and Serve, Inc.

The Food Bank this past year put more emphasis on quality of food over quantity, Executive Director Lindsay Young Lopez said.

Of the total pounds distributed, 61 percent was in the form of “foods to encourage”—defined by Feeding America as produce, protein, dairy and whole grains.

“We have made it a priority to distribute healthier food options,” Lopez said. “As we provide food to more than other non-profits, we know we are on the front lines of health for the people they serve. We are committed to sharing food that not only solves hunger but also enhances the quality of life for our neighbors in need.”

To increase distribution of healthier foods, The Food Bank encouraged monetary donations to allow for the purchase of fresh, perishable goods. Because of The Food Bank’s affiliation with Feeding America and the ability to purchase bulk food at heavily reduced costs, every $10 donation secures $210 worth of healthier grocery options.

“We are so thankful to our donors, volunteers and supporters for helping make our operation possible,” Lopez said. “By sharing nutritious food, we are bringing hope for a healthier tomorrow.”

See the full report here.