Food for Families
"I think some of our kids wouldn't get enough to eat over the weekend," said Lisa Turner, buddy pack program coordinator. "And they come back Monday, and we do serve breakfast here, and we'll see them eating a lot more breakfast. So, if we didn't have this program, I think we would have a lot more kids not getting enough to eat over the weekend to make sure they're okay."
Each week, volunteer Heather Converse goes to the Central Missouri Food Bank to load up her car with food. Then, she divides the donations into buddy packs.
"They kind of know me as the Backpack Lady," she explained, "and they'll be excited because they'll see beef jerky or something going into their packs."
Four schools in Columbia, Mexico and Jefferson City are in the program.
"I think, if our kids don't get enough to eat over the weekend, they're very irritable and they just can't seem to get settled," explained Turner. "And you can usually ask them, 'Did you have breakfast this morning? Are you hungry?' And they'll usually tell you and that's how you know."
She added, "We couldn't do this without the Food Bank. They play a major role in it because, if they didn't supply the food, you know, we couldn't do this program."
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