During historic high for hunger, local food bank wins big
COLUMBIA - With help from people all over the country, The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri won a $60,000 grant.
The grant comes at a critical time, as food insecurity remains at a historic high this fall, with one in seven Americans in need of food assistance, including 12 million children.
An online contest called the Walmart's "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign included close to 250 food banks. The campaign gave a $60,000 grant to each of the top 50 food banks with the most online votes.
From Sept. 15 - Oct. 5, supporters generated 4,555 votes for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Executive Director Patty Kirkpatrick said the support from the local community was incredible, but the interesting thing was the support from other areas as well.
"Actually, we have votes not just from Boone County but from all over our service area because we serve 32 counties," Kirkpatrick said. "I had people emailing me saying we were getting votes from overseas, we were getting votes from people as far away as New York and New Jersey and California."
Kirkpatrick said the money will be split between a pantry in Salsberry, a pantry in Rolla, Buddy packs, and obtaining more food for the food bank to distribute to local pantries.
The Feeding America food banks receiving grants through "Fight Hunger.Spark Change." are:
Food Bank: Feeding South Dakota
City: Sioux Falls, SD
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK
Rhode Island Community Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
River Valley Regional Food Bank
Fort Smith, AR
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Weld Food Bank
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
Fort Myers, FL
Kansas Food Bank
Feeding America Southwest Virginia
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Food Bank of Lincoln
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc.
Fort Wayne, IN
Central Illinois Foodbank, Inc.
Greater Cleveland Food Bank
God's Pantry Food Bank
CEO's Weinberg Regional Food Bank
Wilkes Barre, PA
Wichita Falls Area Food Bank
Wichita Falls, TX
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
Northeast Iowa Food Bank
Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Grove City, OH
Food Bank of the Albemarle
Elizabeth City, NC
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
San Jose, CA
Lowcountry Food Bank
Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico
Good Shepherd Food Bank
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri
Chattanooga Area Food Bank
East Texas Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
St. Louis Area Foodbank
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Connecticut Food Bank
East Haven, CT
Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Food Bank of Northern Nevada
Hoosier Hills Food Bank
Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Greater Berks Food Bank
Bay Area Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee