Food Bank Needs More Volunteers

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COLUMBIA - The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri asked for extra volunteers this week and next to handle a large shipment of frozen food. Communication coordinator Scott Gordon says the food bank's 8,000 square-foot freezer is packed from floor to ceiling with donated frozen food, and more is on its way. Gordon said vendors this week donated more frozen goods than usual.

More volunteers are needed to help package food so the food bank can distribute it to 132 pantries across Central and Northeast Missouri, and prepare for more donations next week. 

Volunteer scheduler Melanie Lake said the food bank normally sees a decrease in volunteers during the first months of the year. However, more than 400 volunteers already offered a helping hand this week alone.

"The more (volunteers) the better," Lake said. "We can put on 90 volunteers per shift. I'm game to put on as many as we can. We would welcome any and all help we can get. Even if it's just an hour of your time, it really helps."

To volunteer, contact Melanie Lake at 573-474-1020 or by email at 

Click here to see the weekly volunteer schedule.