April 2018
Float Your Boat is Fun Way to Get Involved
Register for Float Your Boat for The Food Bank
today to ensure team T-shirt sizes!

Build a cardboard boat and set sail to raise money for The Food Bank. Join us for the 7th annual Float Your Boat event featuring boat races, food trucks and family-friendly fun!

Float Your Boat has become one of The Food Bank's largest fundraising events, with all proceeds going into the mission of sharing food and bringing hope to neighbors in need.

Watch a short video below with highlights from Float Your Boat 2017, then click on the link to register your team today!
WHEN: Saturday, April 28
Races begin at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Bass Pro Shops Lake, Columbia
Thanks to the following sponsors!
Girl Scout Promotes Healthy Foods While Going for Gold
Elizabeth Meyer, 18, is passionate about good health. A senior at Father Tolton High School, she plans to begin a pre-pharmacy healthcare program at Missouri State University this fall. She is also a long time Girl Scout, having joined in kindergarten and since earned both Bronze and Silver Awards.

So when it came time to decide what to do to earn a Gold Award, Elizabeth decided to combine her interests and create a brochure about donating healthier food options to The Food Bank.

“My mom is a dietitian, so we started talking about the need,” she said.

Elizabeth recruited another Girl Scout to help design the brochure and enlisted the help of Hy-Vee to distribute it. The end product is a brochure that encourages people to select salt-free canned vegetables, canned fruit, all-natural peanut butter and other nutritious non-perishable foods when purchasing to donate to The Food Bank. The brochure also reminds shoppers of The Food Bank’s purchasing power and ability to use monetary gifts to buy fresh items—perishable goods that cannot be dropped into food donation barrels.

“The pamphlet will be at Hy-Vee to be used by their customers who would like to purchase healthy food options for The Food Bank,” she said. “This will allow the possibility of a greater selection of food for those who have certain dietary needs.”

Elizabeth spent more than 80 hours on the project to earn the prestigious award. Only 5.4 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn a Gold Award.

She is expected to receive the award in June, but she hopes her work has a far greater impact on people who rely on The Food Bank for nutrition.

Elizabeth’s brochure comes at a good time for The Food Bank, which created its own push for healthier food drives earlier this year. Like Elizabeth, The Food Bank is asking shoppers to be mindful of health when selecting food to donate.

“Low sodium soups, fruit canned in water instead of syrup—sometimes there are small differences that do not change the price of food but can make a tremendous difference in someone’s diet,” said Lindsay Young Lopez, executive director of The Food Bank. “We so appreciate Elizabeth using her Girl Scout project to help us spread the word about the importance of providing healthy options to our neighbors in need.” 
Agency Testimonials
Each month, we ask our partner agencies to share news from their organizations and the people they serve.

Dan Hanneken from In2Action in Boone County writes:

It is bitter sweet to see how happy our guys get every other Friday when we pick up our food. It brings joy to my heart to see how happy they are that they do not have to worry about their next meal. It makes me sad at the same time however that they ever had to worry about where their next meal would come from. Our partnership with The Food Bank allows our residents to focus on the emotional and cognitive growth needed for change instead of wondering how to find food. Thanks so much!

Note: Read more about our new partnership with In2Action in the Spring 2018 Special Ingredients, out later this month.

Linda Lagergren from Food for Morgan County writes:

This month one of our recipients told me about her son, who is in a class from the local school. This class, made up of special needs students, comes at least twice a month to help us stock shelves and perform other tasks that need lots of hands. Her son was quite proud of how many things they had put on the shelves this month, and encouraged his mom to be sure a pick some up when she came to "shop." Mom was very proud of her son, and felt that the experience of working at the pantry made it feel like a real job to him. It reminded me that those that we serve also serve us.

Kim Drummond from California Nutrition Center & Tipton Nutrition Center in Moniteau County tells us:

Love the Food Bank! Participants constantly thank us for the variety of foods and snacks available to them. The Food Bank keeps us with plenty of food each month to feed our hungry seniors! Thank you!