August 29, 2013

Food Bank Receives Grant From Quincy Area Community Foundation

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri was among recipients of the 2013 Quincy Area Community Foundation grants awarded this month.

According to The Food Bank's Northeast Regional Coordinator Tamara Reed, the funds will secure food for citizens of northeast Missouri.

The Food Bank is a non-profit regional hunger relief network serving 32 counties of northeast and central Missouri. So far in 2013, The Food Bank has distributed over 2.6 million pounds of food and household products in the six counties of northeast Missouri -- Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Scotland and Shelby.

Reed said it takes an advanced warehousing operation to collect and distribute that much food every year. Here's how it works:

First, The Food Bank develops partnerships with growers, processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants for the donation and purchase of a wide range of food and household products. The Food Bank sponsors a wide range of fundraising and food-collection drives throughout the year. Local individuals, businesses, places of worship, schools and civic organizations also donate non-perishable food and cash through their sponsorship of community food drives and events.

Second, The Food Bank transports donated food and household products from local donors and from national donors affiliated with Feeding America to our warehouse.

Third, volunteers assist The Food Bank in sorting and repackaging donated items when necessary. Items are stored using safe food handling practices and then distributed to one of 131 member agencies free of charge.

Fourth, donations are given to people in need at The Food Bank's partner agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, homeless shelters, community kitchens, and youth programs. Approximately 114,000 people receive food each month at one of The Food Bank's agencies. To see a list of the agencies by county, visit TFB's website at www.sharefoodbringhope.org

"The Food Bank can provide 12.5 meals for just $1. That kind of efficiency can only come from the central distribution model in which dollars are leveraged to acquire, transport, sort, package, store and distribute donated food," Reed said.

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