Volunteers help bag food for locals at MissionFest - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Volunteers help bag food for locals at MissionFest

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The fourth annual MissionFest kicked off in Cape Girardeau on Sunday at the Osage Centre.

Dozens of Christian groups shared information about local and international mission efforts.

One side of the room was filled with booths of information and items to purchase for the missions and charity efforts while the other side had many bagging up food for area residents.

About 150 volunteers helped bag roughly 30,000 bags of food for Kids Against Hunger.

The food was boxed up and will be sent to local food banks in Southeast Missouri. The food will then go to southeast Missouri counties where they will help feed thousands of children and adults who are food insecure.

According to the SEMO Food Bank, 64,710 people are at risk of hunger.

About 21,100 children, or 24.1 percent of children in the southeast Missouri region, are food insecure, which means they do not know where their next meal is coming from.

People we talked with at the event were shocked to know how many people are in need of food in our area.

"It is crazy," April Williams of Cape Girardeau said. "If I didn't know where my next meal was coming from, I wouldn't know what I would do. So to imagine that multiplied by all those kids, especially being a child and knowing."

For more information about MissionFest, go to www.missionfestcape.org.

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