One company is extending a helping hand to local food banks

1 month 3 weeks 6 days ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 1:46:00 PM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
By: Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Food banks are starting to feel the affects of COVID-19 as Missourians are staying home. 

As a result, the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri has gone virtual. People can now donate through the food bank's website, with donations ranging from a minimum of $5 up to $100. 

One Mid-Missouri company is looking to do their part, as well. 

Spyder Technologies is sponsoring its own virtual food drive. 

"As we saw emails coming through of different fundraisers and food drives being canceled, the conversation was just, wow that's so sad," said Karen Schaefferkoetter, a representative from the company. 

The technology company set up a personalized link that people can donate through. The link is on their Facebook page, but Schaefferkoetter said she hopes people do more than just interact with the post. 

"We have had a lot of responses as far as likes and people really like the idea," she said. "We've had less to actually donate."

Schaefferkoetter said the company hopes to reach its $2,000 goal. So far, they have $185 in donations.

"We've got so many likes on our Facebook post, but we just need people to go ahead and donate," she said.

She stressed that the food bank can make just one dollar stretch a long way. 

"$1 will buy $21 worth of food," Shaeferketter said. "So, if someone could just donate $10, that's $210 worth of food. That's another reason that motivated us to do this." 

But, Spyder Technologies also added another layer. 

"We are also donating $50 for every new activation with Dish," she said. "This is something that we are doing, as a company, to help grow this."

The food drive runs until May 31. 

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