By Heartland News
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - Missouri food banks, pantries, and programs that provide support for low-income children and seniors will receive nearly $25 million in federal assistance.
Nixon says many food banks and pantries are bare as more working families have struggled and donations dwindled.
"Children, families, and seniors will benefit from this timely funding as Missourians continue to recover from the economic downturn," said Nixon.
Almost $25 million in federal assistance come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.
A network of six food banks that provide hunger relief in every county of the state will use half the funds to serve more than 1,700 agencies and food pantries statewide.
The Mo. food bank members are:
- Southeast Food Bank in Cape Girardeau
- Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri in Columbia
- Harvesters Community Food bank in Kansas City
- St. Louis Area Food Bank
- Ozarks Food Harvest in Springfield
- Second Harvest Community Food Bank in St. Joseph
Officials say food banks will also take advantage of the state's "Share the Harvest" program that provides meat donated by Missouri hunters and processors.
"This will be a big help," said Kit Brewer of the Southeast Missouri Food Bank in Cape Girardeau. "The need continues to grow."
SEMO Food Bank Serves 160 agencies in 16 Southeast Missouri counties.
"The food banks will see about half of the funds for distribution, and buying food," said Brewer.
Nixon says this last year during deer season hunters stepped up to the plate and helped and this plan will ensure that even more benefit from the program.
The Mo. Dept. of Social Services and the Dept. of Health and Senior Services are working with communities to provide more services to 40 summer food programs.
Officials say over $900,000 will be used in transportation which will increase the number of children that get nutritious meals to and from food sites.