MISSOURI (KFVS) - The first Heart for the Hungry Food Drive is coming to the Missouri State Capitol.
Mo Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Missouri officials said canned goods, non-perishable food items, diapers and other basic necessities may be dropped off at the Madison St. gate of the Governor’s Mansion at 100 Madison in Jefferson City, Mo.
“Whether it be across the state or across the street, there are countless Missourians whose lives will be touched by the generosity of everyone who makes a donation this Saturday," Governor Parson said. "It is our goal to collect 2,019 items that will be sent to the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.”
Executive Director of the Good Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Lindsey Young Lopez said one in six adults and one in five children in the state lack regular access to nutritious foods.
“February is the month of love, a time for celebrating Valentine’s Day and remembering those we hold dear to us," First Lady Parson said. “Let us open our hearts to those who need our help by donating to Heart for the Hungry.”
Anyone who makes a donation on Saturday is welcome to take a special tour of the Governor’s Mansion.
Governor’s office officials said non-perishable or monetary contributions are also encouraged at local food pantries.