25 Million for Food Assistance
COLUMBIA - Governor Jay Nixon announced today nearly 25 million dollars is on the way to Missouri to help provide food assistance to low income people.
All of the money comes from the stimulus package or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The government will split about half of the nearly 25 million dollars between six missouri food banks.
One of those food banks is the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri which is based out of Columbia.
What the food bank doesn't know is how much money it will get, when it's coming, or what it can buy.
What is does know, it the need is great.
"We are seeing explosive growth in pantries throughout central and northeast missouri, to the point where our financial resources have been really stretched, so this has been a really blessing so my message to the governor is could you hurry," execuative director Peggy Kirkpatrick said.
Kirkpatrick also said she's unsure how long it will take before the food bank knows how much money it will be getting but that the money couldn't come at a better time.
In June the food bank served a record 10.488 people.
Compare that to last year, the food bank served 8.830 mid-missourians.