The food pantry is growing in healthier food options

1 year 8 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, March 07 2018 Mar 7, 2018 Wednesday, March 07, 2018 6:41:00 PM CST March 07, 2018 in News
By: Sana Moore, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is doing more to encourage people to eat their vegetables.

Executive director Lindsay Lopez said the food bank’s goal is to improve the lives of the people it serves with the introduction to new food items. She said, in 2017, 61 percent of donated food consisted of healthier food options.

”Produce is expensive, so the fact that we are able to acquire and distribute that to the people that we serve is really incredible,” she said.

Central Food Pantry manager Sean Ross said he’s not only seen an increase in the amount of food, but also in the amount of people who want it.

“We have been making it a conscious effort to increase the amount of produce we give out and so now we distribute about a million pounds of fruit and vegetables a year,” Ross said.

Food banks started more than 50 years ago focusing on non-perishable items like boxed and canned goods. Lopez said it was just three years ago the food bank decided to go a different route and use produced items like dairy, whole grain, fruits and vegetables.

“We really want to ultimately improve the quality of the food that we are distributing, so that we can improve the quality of the lives of the people we serve.” she said.

Ross said, to increase the amount of fresh produce people can receive, the pantry allows for people to come in more than just once a month for the fruit and vegetables.

“It’s important because the healthier food leads to healthier people, and healthier people are just more happy, their more productive, they’re more fun to be around.” the Central Food Pantry manager, he said.

Ross said squash is one of the most popular items at the pantry.

“We used to get a lot of different squashes in the fall and people just didn’t know what they were so we made up a poster that basically had a picture of each one and told what it was. It even had some suggestions on how to cook each one and so now when we get squash it hardly lasts at all.” he said.

Ross said its rewarding seeing people try foods they normally wouldn’t eat.

“It feels really good. It feels good, especially because I’ve seen an increase myself in things people were less familiar with, and over time, as we offer it more and more, they become familiar with it,” Ross said.

Lopez said the food bank also helps reduce food costs for people it serves. 

“If we are able to provide these fresh quality options to them in terms of their food then it frees them up to spend their resources on other things that they need,” Lopez said.

Lopez said, going forward, the food bank wants to continue to educate the public about the importance of healthier food options at pantries. She said money is one way to help out.

“For every one dollar we take in we can turn around and purchase 21 dollars worth of groceries. So we can take those dollars and turn them directly into highly nutritious foods,” she said.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - 6,157 out of 6,987 sexual assault kits went untested in Missouri, the state's SAFE Kit initiative revealed Wednesday.... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 1:02:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
OSAGE COUNTY - A man on the run since Friday in Maries County was captured Wednesday morning in Osage County.... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:51:00 PM CST November 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman accused of hitting and killing a man on Grindstone Parkway faces a new charge. ... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 11:41:00 AM CST November 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA -- The Missouri Job Center will host a job fair on Wednesday at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. ... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, November 20 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:45:00 AM CST November 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Crews are investigating a fire that started in the front room of a house Tuesday evening. ... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:37:00 PM CST November 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Michael Demkowicz had tried everything to quit smoking. The patch. The pill. The gum. Nothing worked —... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 8:35:00 PM CST November 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - On Tuesday night the search committee to find the new Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity held... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:58:00 PM CST November 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A 911 dispatcher ordered all employees to evacuate the KOMU 8 News building on Highway 63 after a... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:26:00 PM CST November 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The trial for a man accused in a 2018 deadly New Year's Day Waffle House shooting got underway... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 4:26:00 PM CST November 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Cradle to Career Alliance unveiled its annual community report card at a luncheon Tuesday. The group... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:19:00 PM CST November 19, 2019 in News
SWEET SPRINGS - For years, if someone needed emergency medical attention anywhere between Columbia and Kansas City, there's a good... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:10:00 PM CST November 19, 2019 in News
COLE COUNTY - A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a car while attempting to cross U.S. 54 Tuesday.... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 2:25:00 PM CST November 19, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Republican legislators and Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday laid out legislative priorities... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 1:25:55 PM CST November 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a Columbia man after a car chase in north Columbia Tuesday morning. The chase began... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:14:00 AM CST November 19, 2019 in News
LAKE OZARK - A former teacher in the School of the Osage district pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:27:00 AM CST November 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A judge ruled Monday that the University of Missouri's rule barring guns from its campuses is constitutional. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 8:23:00 AM CST November 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Randall Siddens, 34, passed away Monday afternoon from injuries sustained in a car crash on Grindstone Parkway in... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:14:00 AM CST November 19, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two top national security aides who listened to President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine are preparing to... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 19 2019 Nov 19, 2019 Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:36:46 AM CST November 19, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
2pm 65°
3pm 66°
4pm 63°
5pm 61°