With 947,900 Missourians labeled as “food insecure” according to the Map the Meal Gap 2015 study, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance recognizes the need to obtain and distribute food to hungry families across the state.
For the third consecutive year, insurance agents are accepting donations from April 16, 2018, to May 11, 2018, at their local offices to be distributed to Feeding Missouri agencies in their communities. There are more than 1,500 Feeding Missouri locations throughout the state.
While most non-perishable donations are appreciated, some food items allow local pantries to better meet the needs of the communities they serve. These items include: canned tuna or chicken, boxed or bagged pasta, canned soup or chili, boxed crackers, peanut butter, fruit snacks and instant mashed potatoes. Monetary donations are encouraged as well. All checks collected stay in the region and are reserved specifically for children experiencing food insecurity in their homes. According to the Map the Meal Gap 2015 study, 258,610 Missouri children are experiencing food insecurity.
In the final weeks of May, each Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance office will take the donations to a local pantry to be weighed. A statewide grand total of donations in pounds will be announced along with the total monetary donations. In 2017, the Home Run Against Hunger campaign garnered nearly 10 tons of food and $4,000 for child food programs.
Community members can get involved by dropping off non-perishable food donations or checks between April 16, 2018, and May 11, 2018, at any Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance office location.