Missouri gets $25 million for food assistance programs

Missouri’s food assistance programs will be getting a $25 million funding boost through federal stimulus dollars. The money will go to restock food banks and support programs food programs for low income children and the elderly.

Half of the funds will go to the Missouri Association of Food Banks which will split it up between more than 1,700 hunger relief agencies and food pantries statewide. The Association hopes to maximize the award by increasing participation in Missouri’s Share the Harvest program, which provides access to venison donated by Missouri hunters and processors. In addition to the Share the Harvest program, $950,000 of the award will be used to increase the number of children getting nutritious meals by providing transportation to and from food program sites.

The Missouri Association of Food Banks members include:

  • Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri in Columbia
  • Harvesters Community Food Network in Kansas City
  • Southeast Missouri Food Bank in Cape Girardeau
  • St. Louis Area Food Bank
  • Ozarks Food Harvest in Springfield
  • Second Harvest Community Food Bank in St. Joseph

The remaining portion of the money will be used to provide support to low-income families through the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

“Children, families and seniors will benefit from this timely funding as Missourians continue to recover from the economic downturn,” Gov. Nixon said. “Many Missouri food banks and food pantries saw their shelves stripped bare as more working families struggled and donations dwindled. This will help children and working families that still need assistance.”

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