JEFFERSON CITY — If farming has one overarching purpose, it’s to feed people. Food is one of the most basic human needs, but for some Missouri families it’s not a given. A main pillar of the department’s vision is to feed MORE, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with Missouri Farmers Care to promote this worthwhile cause.
In an effort to combat childhood food insecurity and showcase Missouri agriculture, Missouri Farmers Care (MFC) has launched Drive to Feed Kids. The drive will leverage food bank distribution networks to deliver kid-friendly meals to hungry children across Missouri. The drive is led by Missouri Farmers Care, Feeding Missouri, Brownfield Ag News, the Missouri State Fair and Missouri FFA.
Even in the nation’s agricultural heartland, hunger is a challenge; Missouri’s rate of childhood food insecurity is among the highest in the nation. In fact, in rural communities throughout the state, as many as 1 in 5 people face food insecurity. Among children, the numbers are even higher. In parts of Missouri, 1 in 3 children face food insecurity on a regular basis.
Missouri agriculture invites the partnership of companies and individuals to address the most pressing childhood hunger needs in Missouri communities. All contributions will be dedicated to Feeding Missouri‘s member food banks engaged in addressing childhood food insecurity.
— Missouri Department of Agriculture
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