March 2017
Float Your Boat: A fun way to
raise money for neighbors in need
Join us for the sixth annual Float Your Boat for The Food Bank!

This event challenges teams to create a cardboard vessel and sail it across Bass Pro Shops Lake without sinking! Winners in every two-boat heat, as well as prizes for the most creative boat, best use of cardboard, most epic sinking and more.Teams may also compete for the coveted People's Choice Award by raising money to feed neighbors in need.

Don't miss this action-packed morning event Saturday, April 22, at Bass Pro Shops Lake!

Air Force veteran, former medic thankful for assistance after injury
Don picks up eggs, produce and potatoes at Macon County Ministries Food Pantry. Inset: Alvin says he and his wife rely on the pantry every month.

After working as a medic for years, Don began and operated his own construction business before an injury changed his life.

Four years ago, he slipped on tile in his bathroom and hit his head, fracturing his skull. He spent months in rehabilitation, losing some of his memories, much of his mobility and his ability to work.

“Today, I can walk using a cane, but other days I can barely crawl,” said Don, an Air Force Veteran.

That is why he is thankful for Macon County Ministries Food Pantry. Every month, Don goes to an early distribution open only to severely disabled individuals who live below the poverty line.

“I live on a very limited income,” he said. “I would go hungry without this.”

Don says he is able to get by because of nutrition from The Food Bank and his partially subsidized apartment. 

Even for those who can work, employment is tough to find in Macon County, said Linda Ellis, who runs the pantry.

“Jobs are limited here,” she said. “Our clients, of course, are underprivileged, but everybody here today is living below the poverty line."

The Macon County clients are also grateful and gracious, she added. "It’s friends helping friends.”

Macon County Ministries Food Pantry serves disabled clients on the Monday before the third Tuesday of the month, with regular distribution on the third Tuesday. A typical distribution serves about 350 families, Ellis said.

Alvin, another client, said he and his wife rely on the produce, meat and other products they receive at the pantry every month.

“I’m 82 years old and on disability,” he said. “We don’t get much money, so this is nice.”

To those who make The Food Bank possible, Don expressed gratitude. 

"Thank you," he said. "One hundred percent, thank you."

"The Buddy Packs help because we don't have a lot of food." 
                                         - Buddy Pack Recipient, Camden County
Donor Spotlight
The Walmart Distribution Center in Moberly is The Food Bank's largest food donor, providing roughly 2 million pounds of produce, protein and other perishable items every year. Last month, staff from The Food Bank toured the 424,000-square-foot facility. Pictured, from left, Don Moore, food solicitor, Allen Williamson, warehouse supervisor; John Itschner, volunteer room supervisor, Lindsay Young Lopez. executive director, Daryle Bascom, operations director; Keisha Wilson, warehouse supervisor; Anna Krajewski, general manager of the Walmart Distribution Center; and Lowell Appling, human resources manager at the center. 
Volunteer Spotlight
Alpha Phi Omega at the University of Missouri was recognized as the volunteers of the month in February. The co-ed service fraternity has been volunteering for a decade, sending members several times a month. The group was honored at a reception on Feb. 23 at The Food Bank.
Staff Spotlight
Liz Townsend Bird has joined The Food Bank as development manager.

She brings more than a decade of development experience, having worked at the University of Missouri and most recently as director of donor relations at Stephens College.

At The Food Bank, Liz will use her experience and numerous community connections to further the mission of sharing food and bringing hope to neighbors in need. 

We collect testimonials from partner pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies. This story comes from Jeannie Sampo of New Franklin Cares in Howard County.

"Many of my clients are always telling me how grateful they are that I started this pantry up, and they keep thanking me for thinking of them because they really need the food but are unable to drive to other towns to receive it. The shut-in clients are very thankful that I will deliver the food to them since they cannot get out of the house for whatever reason and don't have anyone who can pick it up for them. I get so many hugs it is unbelievable from my clients.

"To me it is a blessing to see the smile on their faces when we give them their food ... Several of them really look forward to me delivering or handing them their food and I am blessed to 
do it."