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Food Bank gives freezers and laptops to food pantries

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The Missouri Foundation for Health provided a $1 million grant to the Food Bank. Part of that money will be used to provide freezers to its 180 partners. The Missouri Foundation for Health provided a $1 million grant to the Food Bank. Part of that money will be used to provide freezers to its 180 partners.
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The Southeast Missouri Food Bank is working to help local food pantries get more food to more people.

As the Southeast Missouri Food Bank gets in more frozen food products, the food pantries need a way and the space to store them.

The Missouri Foundation for Health provided a $1 million grant to the Food Bank. Part of that money will be used to provide freezers to some of its 180 partners.

Friday, the Food Bank held a distribution day at Buchheits in Scott City. Food agencies from throughout the area were able to pick up the freezers they requested.

Tim Abanathy with the Caruthersville Semo Food Pantry said they serve about 150 families and 400 people each month.

He said the freezers help them give more food to those in need.

"It will be really effective in serving the people we have because if you have a freezer that can handle enough product for 146 families, then everybody gets something. If you don't, then you have to decide who you leave out and who gets and who doesn't," said Abanathy.

“Most of our agencies did not have the capacity to hold the food, to hold enough food, so therefore they were turning away food. So now they’re going to have that capacity to take that extra frozen meat to hand out to the clients or the people that are in need,” said Missy Rice with the Southeast Missouri Food Bank.

“We’re getting the freezer because the last couple of years the Food Bank has been getting more and more commodity frozen products, they provided us with our first freezer and still at that point with us serving 146 families and a total of 400 some people, each month. We didn’t have room for enough frozen product, to serve all of our people so she got this grant and provided us with a second freezer,” said Abanathy.

The organizations associated with the Food Bank could choose between a freezer and a laptop.

“We do a lot of things online, so they’re able to acquire more food by going online to our food list and ordering food, so that would be available to them now with a laptop,” said Rice.

The laptops will be delivered to each location of the organizations.

Out of 180 agencies, 104 chose the freezers.

“They give us an option of a laptop or a freezer, a laptop doesn’t help us deliver food, a freezer does, and it was really exciting to know that we were going to almost double our capacity for frozen food,” said Abanathy.

The funding for the program comes from the grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The pick up space was donated by Buchheit.

“The Buchheit family is always trying to help out local charities, not only the Food Bank but other charities, so anytime the Buchheit family can help out, we’re more than glad to do that,” said Larry Ivie, Buchheit Warehouse Manager. “There’s a lot of people that’s going to be able to eat, so that means a lot to us.”

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